Talk about abrupt. Tucker Carlson only found out 10 minutes before it was announced that he was fired by Fox News.
Which means all of this was firmly decided and ready for print by the time Carlson was told.
Here’s more from the Wall Street Journal on the sudden firing:
Fox News parted ways with prime-time host Tucker Carlson, a surprising move that comes after he made disparaging remarks about colleagues at the network that were disclosed during a legal battle with a voting-machine company.
Mr. Carlson, whose contract was renewed in 2021, will be paid out for the rest of his contract, people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Carlson is paid about $20 million a year, one of the people said. Mr. Carlson found out he was being let go about 10 minutes before the network announced his departure, the people said.
Private messages sent by Mr. Carlson to colleagues were made public in the legal proceedings of the Dominion defamation suit. Fox took issue with remarks Mr. Carlson made that were derogatory toward the network, people familiar with the matter said. Much of the communications were redacted in court documents but became known internally to senior Fox management, they said.
Superior Court Judge Eric Davis had already concluded that Fox News and Fox Business did in fact broadcast false claims about Dominion, voiced by both network hosts and Trump associates. Fox in a statement acknowledged the judge’s findings.
The Wall Street Journal apparently isn’t privy to the messages send by Carlson which Fox News took issue with in terms of criticizing the network.
The only one they mentioned was where Tucker suggested that the company fire a reporter who fact-checked Trump’s claim of dominion election fraud, in which the reporter claimed there was no evidence of fraud.
In a separate report, it’s now being said that Lachlan Murdoch and Suzanne Scott made the decision to fire Tucker on Friday night:
NEWS –> Lachlan Murdoch and Suzanne Scott made the decision to part ways with Tucker Carlson on Friday night, per a source familiar . . .
— Sarah Ellison (@sarahellison) April 24, 2023
Mediaite adds to this, saying:
A source familiar with the decision told Mediate that Murdoch and Scott discussed Carlson’s fate on Friday evening after a tortuous week that saw the cable news behemoth settle a defamation suit filed by Dominion Voting Systems for nearly $800 million.
Details surrounding Carlson’s sudden exit are still emerging. Fox News insiders told Mediaite that the prime time host’s conspiratorial coverage and penchant for internal pot-stirring made him a pariah within the network. In the weeks before opening arguments were set to start in the Dominion trial — which put an unflattering spotlight on Fox’s reporting failures in the aftermath of the 2020 election — Carlson was casting the Jan. 6 rioters as victims.
Also as a result of that bombshell case, Carlson was battered by the revelation of texts and emails obtained by Dominion lawyers in discovery which showed him trashing network leadership, revealing he “hates” Trump, and using the most derogatory terms imaginable toward women.
I’m sure more on this will continue to come out, but we now know that this absolutely wasn’t mutual. Fox News never used the word ‘mutual’ in their statement, but said “Fox News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways.” Yeah, not true. It was absolutely one-sided, assuming all of this reporting is accurate.
UPDATE: Here’s more on this from Vanity Fair, who says Tucker believes his firing was because the Murdoch family wants to sell the company:
Tucker Carlson’s Fox News firing:
• CEO Scott informed Carlson via call
• Scott said decision made “from above”
• Carlson stunned by sudden ouster
• He believes firing is because Murdoch children intend to sell Fox News
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) April 24, 2023