Tucker Carlson Tells 19FortyFive He’s Still Employed By Fox: Tucker Carlson might not have a show on Fox News any longer. However, he told 19FortyFive that he was not fired.
Until a week ago, Carlson had the most-watched show on cable news.
“I’m still employed by Fox,” Carlson said in a text message to 19FortyFive.
Carlson, however, did not go into detail why he believes his show was cancelled.
Vanity Fair published a rumor that his show got axed because Fox owner Rupert Murdoch was uncomfortable with the religiosity of his address at the Heritage Foundation’s 50th Anniversary gala.
Tucker Carlson told 19FortyFive that would be hard to prove.
This confirms the ideas championed by former Fox star Megyn Kelly, who was Carlson’s predecessor in the 8 p.m. timeslot. Kelly stated on her Sirius XM show that Fox CEO Suzanne Scott contacted him Monday morning and told him he would not be allowed to do any more shows.
“He was kicked out of his company email, and now he has to negotiate an exit,” Kelly said. “Some reporting to me suggested that it’s going to be an amicable parting … completely catching Tucker off-guard.
Kelly continued: “Tucker’s not fired. That’s my information, that he still needs to negotiate the exit and that right now he’s not free to launch a podcast or a digital show or to negotiate with other employers at all because he’s still under contract. They pulled his show off the air. They also fired his executive producer Justin Wells.”
She also noted that Fox would not tell him why his show was cancelled.
“To me that’s so disheartening. He’s been at the company for years. He had been in the prime time for seven years and saw Fox News through one of its most difficult times in its history,” Kelly said.
Tucker Carlson and The Rumors
The lack of disclosure about the reason for the cancellation of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” has touched off a firestorm of speculation in the media.
The Wall Street Journal, owned by Fox’s parent company Newscorp, speculated that Carlson’s internal emails unearthed due to the Dominion Voting Systems lawsuit sealed his fate. Fox was forced to pay $787,500,000 in the lawsuit settlement.
Court documents show that Carlson had Mike Lindell on his program on Jan. 26, 2021, without any pushback. Carlson stated privately in a Nov. 9, 2020, email that he knew that Lindell’s claim of wide spread voter fraud was false. “….[F]alse claims of fraud can every bit as destructive as the fraud itself,” Carlson wrote. He also stated that privately in a Nov. 16, 2020 email that Trump surrogate Sidney Powell was lying about voter fraud claims.
Scott attempted to appease Lindell, whose MyPillow at the time was a major advertiser after Lindell attacked rival Newsmax, by sending him a handwritten note. She also approved having Lindell on Carlson’s program.
Carlson was livid that Fox executives refused to protect him from the blowback from the Dominion suit because he had not been a driving force in the false coverage.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Carlson developed a reputation with Fox executives of being unmanageable and that he ran roughshod over those whose opinions he disagreed with. He allegedly also was viewed as having viewed himself as untouchable.
When it came to the all-important bottom line with big advertisers, Tucker Carlson proved unpopular with them despite being wildly popular with his audience.
He also was listed as a defendant in a suit brought by Abby Grossman, a former booker on his program. The suit alleged he created a toxic work environment due to comments she claims he made that were derogatory to women.
Scott and Fox Corp Executive Chair Lachlan Murdoch made the decision to pull Carlson’s show, according to the Wall Street Journal.
It is likely that Carlson has clause in his contract that will keep the true cause of the cancellation of his show under wraps.
Fox rivals Newsmax, One America News, and Glenn Beck’s The Blaze each have expressed an interest in hiring Tucker Carlson once he becomes available.
John Rossomando’s work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award in 2008 for his reporting.