Tucker Carlson speaking at the Politicon Conference in Los Angeles on October 21, 2018.
Tucker Carlson finally broke his silence on Wednesday night, just two days after his abrupt departure from Fox News.
However, the former right-wing prime-time television host did not discuss his dismissal or what he will do next. Carlson, instead, discussed his views on U.S. political issues and the cable news conversation in a video that was posted on Twitter.
When you have a few days off, you will realize that the television debates are completely meaningless. They are meaningless. They mean nothing. Carlson's video message on Wednesday said: "Trust me, I was there."
Fox News terminated Carlson on Monday. They noted that his last program aired Friday. Since then, neither Carlson nor his newly hired attorney Bryan Freedman have responded to any requests for comment.
In a Monday statement, the company announced that "FOX Media and Tucker Carlson had agreed to part ways." "We thank him as a host, and before that, as a contributing member of the network," said Fox News in a statement Monday.
The $787.5 million settlement between Dominion Voting Systems and Fox Corp. prompted his departure from the cable network, which has the highest cable ratings. Fox and Dominion settled their defamation suit just before a six-week court trial, where Carlson and other anchors as well as top executives including Rupert Murdoch would have testified. Dominion filed a lawsuit against Fox and its cable channels for falsely claiming that the voting machines maker had helped Joe Biden win the 2020 elections.
The Dominion suit was unlikely to have a significant impact on Fox's bottom-line - it remained stable up until Monday's departure of Carlson, after which the stock price took a small dip. However, the implications and possible revelations that were already made in discovery are likely more concerning. Carlson's presence on the network was hugely popular.
Media reports since Monday have revealed that Carlson's private messages, which were discovered during the discovery phase of the Dominion suit, sealed his fate at Fox News. The Wall Street Journal reported that Carlson's vulgar private messages regarding his co-workers prompted Fox management to let him go. The New York Times reported that executives at Fox learned about the messages the day before the trial.