Recent reports indicate that former Fox News host Tucker Carlson is working on creating his own media company. The conservative news personality is collaborating with former White House adviser Neil Patel where the two seek to raise hundreds of millions in capital to fund this venture.
The new platform would be an extension of Tucker Carlson’s existing Twitter-exclusive show but feature longer videos and a subscription model. A report from the Wall Street Journal claims Twitter users would still be able to access shorter versions of Carlson’s content but ultimately would have to subscribe to access the entirety of it.
The new show would feature documentaries, interviews, and eventually feature hosts with their own shows, similar to how legacy cable news channels operate. Reportedly, the company would also have its own website and mobile app. Carlson and Patel have assembled a team of lawyers, financiers, and other experts to kickstart the media company.
The American Tribune reported on Tucker Carlson’s abrupt ousting from Fox News in early April. According to a statement released by Fox News Media, “FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways. We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor. Mr. Carlson’s last program was Friday April 21st. Fox News Tonight will air live at 8 PM/ET starting this evening as an interim show helmed by rotating FOX News personalities until a new host is named.”
Tucker Carlson quickly moved to Twitter, where he began releasing his Twitter-exclusive show, which has reached hundreds of millions of views. Users were eager to hear from Carlson as within hours of release, the shows would reach millions of views, appearing much more popular than Fox News Channel. Some even alleged that Tucker was even “more powerful” on Twitter than he was at Fox News.
Carlson recently broke his silence on his controversial firing for the first time publicly when sitting down for an interview with Russell Brand. He revealed that when working in the media industry, one should always have the expectation that they could be fired. Tucker also stated that while he was not expecting to be fired in April, he was not entirely “shocked” when he received the news.
“The media and you know, you say what you think there’s an expectation that you could get fired. So, I’ve always had that. And I’ve always tried to take the long view not just on media but on life on graves, go and visit it. In the end. I always think that,” Carlson told Brand. “I was surprised I didn’t, you know, expect to get fired that morning at all in April. So I was shocked, but I wasn’t really shocked.” The former Fox News host also maintained that he feels no anger toward his former employer over his departure from the company.
Fox News ratings have taken a hit since “parting ways” with its most popular host. Judging by the demand for Tucker’s Twitter-exclusive show, it could further undermine Fox News and other mainstream media outlets if Carlson forms his own media company.
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