(Ken Silva, Headline USA) What’s next for Tucker Carlson?
Fans of the maverick former Fox News host finally received an answer to this question Tuesday, when Carlson announced that he will have a new show on Twitter.
Carlson dropped the bombshell news after giving a monologue about the rotting state of mainstream media.
“At the most basic level, the news you consume is a lie. A lie of the stealthiest and most insidious kind. Facts have been withheld on purpose, along with proportion and perspective. You are being manipulated,” he said.
“What’s it like to work in a system like that? After more than 30 years in the middle of it, we could tell you stories. The best you can hope for in the news business at this point is the freedom to tell the fullest truth that you can. But there are always limits, and you know if you bump up against those limits often enough, you will be fired for it—it’s guaranteed.”
Carlson then made his major announcement.
“There aren’t many platforms left that allow free speech. The last big one remaining in the world—the only one—is Twitter, where we are now,” he said.
“Starting soon, we’ll be bringing a new version of the show we’ve been doing for the last six-and-a-half years to Twitter. We’ll be bringing some other things, too … See you soon.”
According to Puck News, Carlson will forgo some $25 million so Fox will let him out of his non-compete agreement.
Axios also reported shortly after Carlson’s announcement that he is accusing Fox of fraud and breach of contract, and making “a host of document demands that could precede legal action.”
🚨 NEWS: Tucker Carlson will relaunch his show *on Twitter* with help from former Fox News staff. He will forgo at least $25 million owed to him by Fox Corp. in order to break non-compete clause.@PuckNews
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) May 9, 2023
“The letter—from Carlson lawyer Bryan Freedman to Fox officials Viet Dinh and Irena Briganti—said Fox employees, including ‘Rupert Murdoch himself,’ broke promises to Carlson “intentionally and with reckless disregard for the truth,’” Axios reported.
“The letter also alleges Fox broke promises not to settle with Dominion Voting Systems ‘in a way which would indicate wrongdoing’ on the part of Carlson and not to take any actions in a settlement that would harm Carlson’s reputation.”
A Fox News spokesperson reportedly said it is “categorically false” that Carlson lost his job as part of the network’s $787.5 million settlement with Dominion Voting Systems.
Ken Silva is a staff writer at Headline USA. Follow him at twitter.com/jd_cashless.