Tucker Carlson, formerly at the helm of Fox News prior to his abrupt dismissal, has found himself in the crosshairs of his previous employer. After he debuted a new show on Twitter that has been met with widespread interest and topped 100 million views per Twitter’s data, Fox News has allegedly delivered a cease-and-desist notice to Carlson.
Interestingly, Carlson’s Twitter ratings have surpassed those of Fox News, which has been struggling to maintain its former dominance in the prime time 8:00 slot. “Fox News Tonight” is still grappling to find stable footing and establish a long-term host.
The rift between Carlson and Fox News was publicly brought to light when Breitbart News revealed that Carlson’s show was dismissed from the Fox lineup before the official announcement of their split. It’s worth noting that Carlson’s contract with Fox News is valid until the end of next year, a fact emphasized by Fox lawyers in their correspondence.
Responding to this development, Harmeet Dhillon, Carlson’s attorney, pledged that her client won’t be subdued by any entity, including Fox or left-wing critics. She criticized Fox’s endeavor to suppress Carlson’s voice until post the 2024 election cycle in a statement to Axios. Despite Fox’s attempts, Carlson will persist with his Twitter content production.
In spite of the industry’s usual stipulations mandating talent exclusivity, the next episode of Carlson’s Twitter show will air as planned. This episode, set to broadcast on Tuesday, will delve into the federal indictment of former President Donald Trump. It’s anticipated that this coverage will present a stark contrast to Fox News’ recent narrative on Trump.