Following the announcement that Tucker Carlson was leaving the network, Brian Kilmeade took over Fox News’ 8 p.m. hour on Monday.
The Fox & Friends host briefly mentioned Carlson’s departure at the start of the show, which was now called Fox News Tonight rather than Tucker Carlson Tonight.
Brian Kilmeade is one of a rotating cast of hosts scheduled for the 8 p.m. ET hour. The network plans for a rotating cast of hosts for the hour until a new replacement is found.
Jesse Watters, Sean Hannity, Maria Bartiromo, Greg Gutfeld, and Laura Ingraham are a few additional potential hosts.
Tucker Carlson’s departure was unexpected as he had said to the viewers that he would be back on Monday when he signed off his Friday broadcast.
On Monday morning, the network confirmed Carlson’s departure. Tucker Carlson Tonight, which debuted in 2016, aired its final episode on Friday. According to the network, Tucker Carlson will not be part of its content anymore.
On Monday afternoon, Fox News announced in a statement that they have decided to part ways with Tucker Carlson and it thanked him for his services and contributions to the network since 2016.
Brian Kilmeade, who took over Carlson’s slot, wished Carlson the best and said that he is a good friend of his. He added that Tucker Carlson Tonight will be replaced by Fox News Tonight from Monday onwards.
According to some sources, the decision to replace Carlson was made with the knowledge and participation of Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of Fox Corp., and Lachlan Murdoch, CEO.
While there has been a deluge of rumors regarding what finally motivated the decision, sources claim that Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott informed Carlson that he was being removed from the air on Monday morning.
According to Fox, Carlson’s final broadcast aired on April 21st and he was unable to bid viewers farewell in a final episode.
The 53-year-old Tucker Carlson was not only a well-liked personality, but also one with tremendous influence. Carlson’s show featured a variety of populist conservative viewpoints on subjects like immigration, crime, race, gender, and sexuality, with ‘woke’ ideology frequently being the target.
According to some reports, Tucker Carlson’s show made up four of the top most-watched programs on US cable TV. with an average nightly audience of more than three million, he was Fox News, a Highest-rated host.
Carlson would occasionally hold political beliefs that were different from those of the former president, even though he frequently openly agreed with Trump, whose policies had recently revolutionized the Republican party.
Carlson was accused of propagating conspiracies about the 2020 election and the uprising that followed on January 6 during his tenure at Fox News, which was nothing short of contentious.
Carlson was actually scheduled to give testimony in the recent defamation action between Fox Corp. and Dominion Voting Systems involving these arguments.
To resolve allegations that Fox hosts propagated conspiracies that the election software corporation was involved in rigging the 2020 presidential election, Fox agreed to pay Dominion Voting Systems $787.5 million last week.
As a result of this dispute, text message disclosures revealed Carlson’s private and public opinions frequently diverged from those of his on-air persona.
In addition to these issues, former guest booker Abby Grossberg sued Fox News in March, accusing the network of using vile sexist stereotypes in its programs. In a countersuit, Fox News vowed to vigorously defend these claims.
Carlson’s most recent interview with Mr. Trump took place two weeks ago, despite revelations in the Dominion lawsuit indicating that he had previously declared in private about the former president that he hated him passionately.
During what would be his last week on Fox News, he also interviewed Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter.
In 2009, Carlson started working for Fox News as a contributor. From 2012 to 2016, she co-hosted the Fox and Friends Weekend program. In 2016, he started preventing the Tucker Carlson Show.
Carlson co-founded the Daily Caller website and had shows on CNN and MSNBC before starting his career with Fox News.
His time at CNN came to an end in 2005, just a few months after a heated on-air argument with the host of The Daily Show Jon Stewart.
Following the disclosure of Carlson’s departure, the share price of Fox Corporation, the Murdoch-controlled business that runs Fox News, fell by more than 3% in New York.
One way that Carlson’s departure could harm Fox News financially is in its negotiations with those networks in its upcoming discussions with cable networks over lucrative so-called carriage fees, paid to Fox by cable corporations for broadcasting its network.
The Fox Corporation now starts discussions with a vacancy in its most visible time slot, which is crucial to its financial health. As of now, Brian Kilmeade took over the slot until the corporation finds a new host.