The shocking news of Tucker Carlson’s termination from Fox News is still reverberating around the nation late this week, as the popular primetime anchor contemplates his next career move.
And while Carlson almost certainly has a number of suitors from other networks banging down his door already, Fox appears to be gearing up for a lengthy legal fight that could see Tucker sit out the 2024 electoral media circus.
Fox News is trying to sideline former Tucker Carlson Tonight host Tucker Carlson through the 2024 election, multiple sources familiar with the matter told Breitbart News.
Carlson’s current contract runs through December 2024, and as of now three sources familiar with the matter told Breitbart News that executives at the network are trying to keep Carlson on contract and not release him until after the 2024 election. The shocking decision to cancel Carlson’s top-rated weeknight program came just days after the network shut down its top-rated weekend program with host Dan Bongino. What follows here is an insider account from people actually in the know after Breitbart News spent the past several days interviewing key players in the personnel matters at Fox News, asking what really happened.
And, what’s more:
“As of right now, the plan remains the same: pay out Carlson’s contract and keep him on the sidelines through the 2024 elections,” one source close to Fox News senior executives told Breitbart News. “They knew they would take a beating for this, but everyone — and I mean everyone — is pretty rattled. They weren’t expecting the blowback to be this bad. Hate to say it, but it’s clear that Rupert has lost a step or two.”
Tucker’s departure has not been good for the Network.
Fox News viewership at 8pm ET:
Tucker's finale: 2.65 million
Monday: 2.59 million
Tuesday: 1.70 million
Wednesday: 1.33 million
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 27, 2023
In a coincidence, Tucker’s ouster came within hours of CNN personality Don Lemon being fired as well, marking a strange turning of the tide within the cable news industry.
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