On Monday, Fox News in a shocking announcement stated that host Tucker Carlson would be exiting the Network. Carlson’s show on the network is one of the highest shows on Fox News and his departure is going to now leave a gap in the network’s primetime schedule.
Carlson’s departure from Fox News was immediate, meaning that his last show was on Friday. The network has now announced that a rotating cast of hosts is going to take his place until they find a permanent host to take Carlson’s place.
His exit from the network comes only a few days after the network settled the lawsuit filed against them by Dominion Voting Systems. In the settlement, the network agreed to pay $787.5 million. The defamation lawsuit dealt with the network’s handling of former president Donald Trump’s claims about widespread voter fraud and the company’s software used in the 2020 presidential election.
Carlson, and other top hosts at Fox, were central to the case, which was settled before the case could end up in a public courtroom. However, it is not yet clear whether Carlson’s departure from the network was in any way influenced by the Dominion settlement.
Mark Conrad, an associate professor of Law and Ethics at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, stated that it is likely that following the settlement, Fox might have “concluded that Carlson was simply too toxic to the company and its bottom line.”
Fox has not issued any comments on Carlson’s departure, and has so far only thanked him for his contributions to the network.