A Blatant disdain for leadership that included profanity and offensive language aimed at executives reportedly played a role in Tucker Carlson’s departure from Fox News.
Calling a senior Fox News executive “the C-word” in a private message and wanting that action to be made public was a microcosm of Carlson’s behavior, insiders told the Wall Street Journal, as well as an insight into the conduct in Carlson’s development where he came to believe himself “bigger than the net.”
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In this Nov. 17, 2007 file photo, political commentator Tucker Carlson arrives for the 60th anniversary celebration of NBC’s Meet the Press at the Newseum in Washington.
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Fox News announced Monday that Carlson and the network agreed to “part ways.” The final episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight, which began in 2016, aired Friday.
Although the network made the decision sound mutual and amicable, Carlson was caught off guard by the news that he would not be continuing at the network. And reports from the Wall Street Journal offer a glimpse of what Fox executives were dealing with as they dealt with one of their biggest stars.
News of Carlson’s departure came after Fox News settled a defamation lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems just before a trial was set to begin. According to Dominion’s attorney, Justin Nelson, the settlement totaled more than $787 million.
But as the network’s lawyers prepared for their legal battle with Dominion, they faced a barrage of emails and messages from Fox News executives and hosts, including Carlson, that became public. While Carlson’s use of the “C-word” to describe an executive at his company was redacted in a file, inside sources said Carlson was not thrilled by the fact, but instead wanted the world to know his dislike for the authority
The insider count could point to a growing trend on Tucker Carlson Tonight, where Carlson’s populist approach veered conservative commentary beyond outright opposition to authority and rules. For Fox Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch, Carlson’s popularity was mutually beneficial. The steady rise of the host, which escalated to the point of generating calls for him to run for the presidency, created a symbiotic relationship.
But the insubordination, and perhaps a steady stream of headaches that the misconduct caused top Fox News executives, would not sit well with Murdoch. And according to the Wall Street Journal, Carlson’s increasingly emboldened behavior “helped seal his fate.”
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It’s unclear what Carlson will do next. However, his first hint of a step forward came just hours after his departure in the form of a cryptic announcement on his website, which read: “SIGN UP HERE TO BECOME A TUCKERCARLSON.COM INSIDER TO FIND OUT WHAT’S UP TUCKER.”