The conflict betwixt Tucker Carlson and Fox News is heating up.
The cablegram news network, which announced connected April 24 that it had “agreed to portion ways” with its prima anchor, sent Carlson a cease-and-desist missive connected June 7 complete his recently launched Twitter show, according to a personification acquainted pinch nan matter.
Fox News did not respond to a petition for comment.
The missive arrived hours aft Carlson’s first show posted connected nan societal media level connected June 6. The episode, clocked astatine 10 minutes and 27 seconds, was taped successful Carlson’s location workplace successful Maine and took swipes astatine everyone from Senator Lindsey Graham to Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy to nan mainstream media, has notched 114.8 cardinal views truthful far. A 2nd episode, which posted connected June 7 and runs somewhat longer astatine 12 minutes and 38 seconds, boasts 54.9 cardinal views to date, according to Twitter’s ain measures.
Fox is believed to beryllium paying retired Carlson’s $20 cardinal yearly net successful an statement akin to nan 1 erstwhile Fox Business anchor Lou Dobbs had to allow. Anchors who are pushed from their positions astatine nationalist news outlets without an evident origin aliases logic are typically capable to get nan bulk of their remaining statement paid out. In speech for that, they are mostly barred from appearing connected competing media until nan position of nan statement person lapsed..
Attorney Harmeet Dhillon, who is representing Carlson alongside Bryan Freedman, blasted nan web for trying to support Carlson sidelined until his statement expires successful January 2025.
“Fox News continues to disregard nan interests of its viewers, not to mention its shareholder obligations. Doubling down connected nan astir catastrophic programming determination successful nan history of nan cablegram news industry, Fox is now demanding that Tucker Carlson beryllium silent until aft nan 2024 election. Tucker will not beryllium silenced by anyone — whether it beryllium Media Matters, nan ADL aliases Fox News. He is simply a singularly important sound connected matters of nationalist liking successful our country, and will stay so,” Dhillon said.
The personification acquainted pinch nan ineligible wrangling says Fox and Carlson besides are locked successful thing of a proxy warfare via nan faceoff betwixt Republican statesmanlike hopefuls Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump. Rupert Murdoch and Fox News are said to beryllium aligned pinch DeSantis. Carlson “will beryllium swinging difficult against nan DOJ” successful his 3rd episode, scheduled for June 13. (The Department of Justice indicted Trump connected 37 felony counts related to his alleged mishandling of authorities documents. The move appears to person helped nan erstwhile president wrong nan Republican Party alternatively than thief DeSantis.)
Variety previously reported that a Fox Corp. committee personnel had told Carlson that his caller benching was a information of Fox News’ $787.5 cardinal colony pinch Dominion Voting Systems. Both Fox and Dominion denied that was nan case.
Carlson is nan latest media entrepreneur to effort and situation Fox News, hoping to woo its blimpish guidelines pinch programming they mightiness want to watch but tin nary longer spot connected nan network. Others person tested akin tactics, including erstwhile Fox News primetime hosts Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly, and erstwhile day big Glenn Beck. Newsmax, a rival cablegram and online outlet, has besides vied to triumph viewers distant from Fox News, and employs erstwhile big Eric Bolling.