Fox News star Tucker Carlson just announced that he’s quitting the Daily Caller, the Conservative news organization that he co-founded with conservative political commentator Neil Patel.
Patel and Carlson, who were roommates in a Trinity College, founded the Daily Caller in 2010 as the “conservative answer to the Huffington Post,” and Carlson served as the publication’s Editor in Chief until his departure.
The Caller became highly successful under Patel and Carlson’s leadership, but so did Carlson in his own right.
He told the Wall Street Journal that he’s opted to sell his one-third stake in the news outlet because “I’m just too absorbed in what I’m doing.”
Carlson has a nightly show on Fox News, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” and said that his focus on his Fox show pushed him to surrender his share of the company to Patel. “I wasn’t helping in any way, because I’ve got an hour to do every night [on Fox News],” he said.
Carlson praised Patel’s work, saying that “The only reason the Daily Caller still exists is because the guy running it is one of the very rare conservative intellectuals who understands business. There’s no magic secret, as far as I know, other than he keeps costs in line with revenue.”
According to Patel — who is of Indian heritage — the Daily Caller is now the largest minority-owned and -run digital media company in America.
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