Tucker Carlson, Ex-Fox News Host, Announces New Media Venture on Twitter

Last Update: May 10, 2023, 04:45 AM IST

Fox and Carlson split earlier this month after the network kicked him out of his prime-time hosting slot. (An excerpt from the video posted by the TV star on Twitter)

A wildly popular figure on the political right, Tucker Carlson’s commentary has earned him and the network regular disdain for him on a number of issues.

Less than a month after splitting from Fox News, its former highly rated host Tucker Carlson took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce his plans to launch a new show.

“Soon, we’ll be bringing a new version of the show we’ve been doing on Twitter for the past six and a half years,” Carlson said in a video posted to Twitter. “We also bring a few other things which we will let you know about. But for now, we are grateful to be here.

In the three-minute video shared with his millions of followers, Carlson did not mention Fox News but instead took aim at the news media as a whole, which he criticized as groupthink.

In his brief monologue, Carlson states that the ultimate goal for anyone in the news business is the freedom to tell as complete a truth as possible. However, he acknowledged that there are always limits to this freedom.

Carlson’s departure from Fox News came last month after the network fired him from his prime-time hosting slot, a position he held for six years. He left shortly after parent company Fox Corp. settled a $787.5 million defamation lawsuit in which Carlson played a key role.

Known for his controversial views on issues related to race, immigration, gender identity, and more, Carlson has been a polarizing figure in America.

In a recent report from Axios, it was revealed that Carlson’s attorney sent a letter to Fox News’ leadership accusing the company of breach of contract and fraud.

While both parties have publicly stated the reasons behind the separation, reports have suggested that Tucker’s private text messages disparaging the company’s leadership were disclosed as part of Dominion’s defamation lawsuit. may have played a role in his exit, The Hill newspaper reported.

During his video announcement, Carlson praised Twitter as a platform that promotes free speech, emphasizing its importance in facilitating the national conversation.

Interestingly, Carlson did an extensive interview with Musk on his former Fox News program days before his split from the network.

The timing of this interview and Carlson’s subsequent decision to launch his new show on Twitter sparked speculation about any possible collaboration or shared vision between the two influential figures.

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