The most fired man in television is going solo. A little more than two weeks after his surprise ouster from Fox News, Tucker Carlson announced he would begin broadcasting directly to the public on Twitter. “Starting very soon, we’ll be bringing a new version of the show we’ve been doing for the past six and a half years on Twitter,” Carlsen said in a video recorded at the luxurious wood-panelled home.
We are back pic.twitter.com/sG5t9gr60O
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) May 9, 2023
Carlsen’s eagerness to get back in the game could be a costly decision: Puck News reports that he would forego at least $25 million to break the non-compete clause in his exit package from Fox News. The show will reportedly be run by former Fox News employees.
The announcement video suggests that the focus of Carlson’s programming on Twitter won’t stray too far from his primetime cable slot — with an emphasis on the elite circles that control life in America. “You are being manipulated,” Carlson says, explaining how news networks control what can and cannot be said. “And you know that if you hit those limits too often, you’ll get fired for it. It’s not a guess. It’s a guarantee.
However, an open question remains as to how Carlson would operate without the limitations of a publicly traded company. Reporting on Carlson’s ouster suggests that one of the many reasons for his dismissal was that News Corp executives were concerned about Carlson’s racist statements and his TV segments supporting false claims of election fraud.
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