Tucker Carlson, the highest-rated cable news host in history, was abruptly taken off the air in late April. Now, new information reveals who made the final decision to cut ties with Carlson.
A new report reveals that Lachlan Murdoch, the chief executive of Fox Corporation, and Suzanne Scott, chief executive of Fox News Media, decided to fire Carlson.
“The power that Mr. Carlson, 53, wielded outside Fox News could not insulate him from a growing list of troubles inside the network related to his conduct on and off the air, some of which had been grating on Mr. Murdoch and his father, Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of Fox Corporation, who co-founded the network in 1996, according to the two people with knowledge of the company’s decision,” it was reported.
“The host, a polarizing and unpopular figure at the network outside of his staff, was exposed as part of a defamation lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems as a bully who denigrated colleagues and sources, often in profane and sexist language, and called for the firing of Fox journalists whose coverage he disliked. He has also drawn condemnation from the right and left for his role in fostering a revisionist account of the assault on the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021,” the outlet added.
Carlson, for his part, has been busy since his departure.
The former FOX host is planning to interview several 2024 Republican presidential candidates next week in Iowa.
“Several members of the crowded 2024 Republican presidential field will descend on Iowa for a gathering of social conservatives on Friday, July 14. The FAMiLY Leadership Summit will give GOP prospects the chance to talk up their candidacies about seven months before the 2024 first-in-the-nation voting Iowa caucuses,” the Washington Examiner reported.
The Des Moines event, which will last from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, consists of former Fox News host Tucker Carlson interviewing the Republican hopefuls. Confirmed interview subjects include Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who was also U.S. ambassador to the United Nations for nearly two years in former President Donald Trump’s administration. Haley is running against her old boss as Trump is trying to become the first return White House resident since President Grover Cleveland in 1893,” the outlet added.
Carlson will also interview ex-Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, former Vice President Mike Pence, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, and South Carolina GOP Sen. Tim Scott.
Last week, Fox News announced its brand new prime-time lineup and revealed who will be taking over Tucker Carlson’s old time slot.