In a stunning announcement, Fox News said it has “agreed to part ways” with Tucker Carlson, the host of the network’s highest-rated primetime show (and one of the highest-rated shows on basic cable, period), effective immediately.
The news came less than a week after Fox News agreed to pay $787.5 million to Dominion Voting Systems to settle a defamation lawsuit over false election claims. Though Carlson’s role in the lawsuit has been reported to be relatively small, some of his texts that were uncovered in the discovery process for the suit made headlines.
The details surrounding Carlson’s sudden departure from Fox News remain murky, but there’s plenty of speculation that another, bigger scandal is behind it waiting to be uncovered — something that would merit cutting off the network’s biggest star without even giving him a chance to say goodbye. It also remains unclear what’s next for Carlson or what Fox News will look like without its biggest star (and potential liability) at the helm.
But shortly after his firing from the channel, Carlson seems to have figured out his next step: Twitter, where plans to bring a “new version” of his former Fox News show.
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