On Monday the unthinkable occurred: Fox Information kicked its biggest star to the curb. For the third time in his life, Tucker Carlson misplaced a gig at a high-profile 24-hours information community, having already burned bridges at CNN and MSNBC. Carlson was a scores powerhouse, and at 8pm each weeknight he poisoned the brains of hundreds of thousands with all method of nonsense. When his outdated time slot got here up, how would they deal with the information? Seems very, very, very briefly.
Brian Kilmeade sat in for Carlson throughout what was as soon as Tucker Carlson Tonight, now rechristened merely Fox Information Tonight. The present may have revolving hosts till they discover a substitute, and the Fox & Associates co-host addressed the elephant within the room proper off the bat. He additionally did it as quick as he might.
Brian Kilmeade open Tucker Carlson’s outdated timeslot with a perfunctory announcement about Tucker’s departure from the community.
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“As you in all probability have heard, Fox Information and Tucker Carlson have agreed to half methods,” Kilmeade instructed Carlson’s typical viewers (supplied they didn’t skip out in protest). “I want Tucker the most effective. I’m nice buddies with Tucker and all the time might be.” He then rapidly moved on. “However proper now it’s time for Fox Information Tonight, so let’s get began.”
After they first revealed Carlson’s departure, Fox Information used cautious wording to make it sound prefer it was amicable — regardless that it was efficient instantly, together with his final present, on final Friday, ending with him telling viewers he’d see them on Monday. He didn’t.
Certainly, subsequent experiences have alleged that Carlson had no idea what was in store, that he was even engaged on a brand new five-year contract, and in addition that he was straight-up fired. He reportedly doesn’t (or didn’t) even know why, although it may very well be various elements, together with the expensive Dominion lawsuit and the 2 lawsuits from former producer Abby Grossberg, who had some deeply unflattering issues to say about her time working with the community’s former greatest star.
So RIP Tucker Carlson’s Fox Information stint. And it even ended with out him being humiliated on live TV by Jon Stewart.