Unconfirmed reports suggest Tucker Carlson may try to start his own "news" network to rival Fox News.
Tucker Carlson, the former controversial host of Fox News, is now trying to attack the right-wing news outlet to show that he cannot be silenced. Since the two parted ways just 13 days ago, Carlson has had a hard time staying quiet, according to Axios. Carlson may try to create his own news outlet that will rival Fox News, similar to Donald Trump creating his own social media network after being banned from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Tucker Carlson was let go by the news outlet shortly after his involvement in the defamation lawsuit against Fox News. The company had to pay out a whopping $787.5 million for their claims that the 2020 election was corrupt and that Joe Biden was not the properly elected President. It seems that Fox News tried to save face by letting Tucker Carlson go, but this strategy could end up costing them even more money and ratings in the long run.
Since Tucker Carlson’s departure from Fox News, the network’s ratings have dropped by nearly half, and yet they still have to pay the former host $20 million a year until his contract expires in January 2025. Tucker Carlson is essentially being paid an extraordinary amount of money in order to not work, and yet he can’t remain quiet while making millions. Other outlets, including the right-wing Rumble and Newsmax, have reached out to hire him, offering him even more than Fox News, but he may choose to create his own media empire instead.
The unemployed former TV host reportedly talked with Elon Musk, the wealthy CEO of Twitter, but we can only speculate about what the two discussed. Tucker Carlson could potentially bypass current social media networks by creating his own app or media outlet, Jeremy Renner style, to chat with his many fans and followers directly. Fellow conservative commentator, Bill O’Reilly, even created a blueprint for how Tucker Carlson could go about doing such a thing.
Tucker Carlson’s lawyer, Bryan Freedman, feels that there is no way his client will be silenced or prevented from chatting with his cohorts. Shortly after being fired by Fox News, Tucker Carlson took to Twitter to tell his millions of fans and 6.8 million followers “see you soon” implying that he has something up his sleeve. If he doesn’t get what he wants, sources imply that the fired host along with other angry allies will share blackmail and controversial content about Fox News.
The 56-year-old political commentator previously worked for CNN, PBS, and MSNBC before becoming the host of the Fox News talk show Tucker Carlson Tonight for seven years straight, from 2016 to 2023. The show covered controversial political topics and world news while Tucker Carlson invited guests like American columnist Will Cain, American politician Sean Duffy, and former United States representative Tulsi Gabbard to join him on air. The nightly news program often hosted heated debates and in-depth analyses of current politics which sparked a wide, dedicated audience and soaring TV rankings for Fox News.