Beyond just its getting rid of beloved, MAGA Republican hosts Dan Bongino and Tucker Carlson, big things could be happening at Fox News. In fact, according to a new report in Vanity Fair, former Fox News host Tucker Carlson believes that Rupert Murdoch dismissed him because his kids want to sell his media empire.
Reporting on that and providing interesting new details on Tucker’s final day at the network, including is shocking and unexpected firing, Vanity Fair reported (emphasis ours):
On Monday morning, Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott called Carlson and informed him he was being taken off the air, and his Fox News email account was shut off. According to a source briefed on the conversation, Carlson was stunned by his sudden ouster from his 8 p.m. show, the most watched program in cable news last month. Carlson was in the midst of negotiating the renewal of his Fox News contract through 2029, the source said. As of last week, Carlson had told people he expected the contract to be renewed.
Carlson has told people he doesn’t know why he was terminated. According to the source, Scott refused to tell him how the decision was made; she only said that it was made “from above.” Carlson has told people he believes his controversial show is being taken off the air because the Murdoch children intend to sell Fox News at some point.
However, it might have simply boiled down to business, at least in the minds of those behind Tucker’s ouster, as Fox News has been facing suits and Tucker is one of the main targets of the regime’s ire for his populist and conservative political stances, even if he’s not the one responsible for making the statements that got FNC in legal trouble, as Megyn Kelly recently argued.
Trending Politics News, reporting on the scope of Fox News’ legal woes, reported:
A shareholder in Fox News sued Rupert Murdoch and four board members earlier this month, saying leadership failed to prevent Carlson and other company representatives from repeating “falsehoods” about the 2020 election. The suit added to at least three others the company is facing following its record-breaking $787 million agreement reached with Dominion Voting Systems to settle a defamation case related to how the company’s machines performed in the 2020 election. Bill O’Reilly, who previously led the ratings for Fox, speculated that mounting legal pressure on the Murdochs forced their hand in firing Carlson despite his show attracting a nightly audience of three million viewers.
In addition to the lawsuits, one of which was filed by a former producer for Carlson’s show, network executives apparently had enough of Carlson’s repeated criticisms of Fox’s leadership in text messages uncovered as part of the suit by Dominion. In private, Carlson dragged his bosses for acquiescing to pressure to call the 2020 election for Joe Biden and added they were comprised of “a combination of incompetent liberals and top leadership with too much pride to back down is what’s happening.”
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