Tucker Carlson leaves Fox News five days after network paid $787million to settle Dominion lawsuit
- Fox announced today that Carlson’s last show was on Friday April 21st
- He was the network’s most successful host drawing in 3.5million viewers
Tucker Carlson is out at Fox News after reigning over the network for nearly a decade.
In a shock announcement Monday, the network announced his departure, saying his final show was on April 21st.
‘FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways. We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor. Mr. Carlson’s last program was Friday April 21st,’ the network statement read.
An interim roster of hosts will take over in his absence until a permanent replacement is chosen.
Tucker Carlson has left Fox News after reigning over the network as one of its most beloved hosts for nearly a decade
His departure comes days after Fox settled with Dominion Voting Systems which had sued for defamation, claiming hosts like Carlson knew President Trump’s election fraud claims were untrue, but pushed them for ratings.
Dominion sued for $1.6billion and settled for $787million at the 11th hour, narrowly avoiding an embarrassing and highly-publicized trail where Carlson and other hosts would likely have been called as witnesses.
Carlson’s show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, was the gleaming jewel of Fox’s nightly line-up, drawing in 3.5million viewers every night.
But a series of recent controversies including the Dominion claims and his own comments about the January 6 riots led him into hotter water than even he was used to.
It’s unclear how long he had left on his contract, or whether Fox will pay severance. A 2020 report by CNN’s Brian Stelter listed his salary as $10million-a-year.