Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson was reportedly fired from his top-rated program by Fox Corporation Chief Executive Lachlan Murdoch and Fox News Media Chief Executive Suzanne Scott, the Conservative Brief reported. Carlson was unceremoniously taken off of the air late last month without explanation.
Insiders say that Murdoch and Scott fired Carlson after the defamation case with Dominion Voting Systems. The network is on the hook for a $787.5 million settlement over claims the 2020 presidential election was rigged in part due to its voting systems.
An unnamed network board member reportedly told Carlson his April 26 firing was part of a verbal agreement in the settlement. Other network hosts like Maria Bartiromo, Jeanine Pirro, and Sean Hannity had made similar claims to Carlson's.
However, Carlson was already a thorn in the side of Lachlan Murdoch, son of the network's co-founder Rupert Murdoch, two company insiders claimed. The younger Murdoch had an unfavorable opinion of Carlson's shoot-from-the-hip style.
As for other network brass, Carlson's gravest sin had to do with his coverage of the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol. Carlson resisted the official narratives and recently released the footage from that day that laid bare those lies, Fox News reported.
On his "Tucker Carlson Tonight" program on March 6, Carlson revealed that Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was not killed by protestors, nor were any officers killed that day, as officials claimed. The video evidence was clear, but the left continued to double down on those lies.
"We're living through one of those clarifying moments. Actually, we're thankful for it, where we're learning exactly who the liars are," Carlson said on a later episode that week.
"On Monday, we showed you unreleased videotape from January 6. It proved, that tape proved, that three of the most important claims our leaders have made about that day were untrue," he said of the officers' deaths and the claim that it was the worst event since the Civil War.
"Their claims were lies. We were not shocked to discover that. We knew there was a reason that congressional leaders had been hiding the tape and that reporters in Washington weren't demanding to see it," Carlson said.
"They were lying to us, obviously. That's why you hide things," he added.
While nobody would claim that the Murdochs or Fox News were left-leaning prior to recent events, there's certainly evidence of a shift that way. In 2020, Fox was the first to call Arizona for then-candidate Joe Biden in the presidential race, which outraged many viewers.
There are also reports that Fox is all-in on the transgender agenda in direct opposition to most of its loyal viewers. "They want you to think it’s this place that supports traditionally conservative values," one of Carlson's former producers reportedly told The Daily Signal.
"But in reality, they’re pushing this nonsense behind the scenes." Last June, Fox also did a series, "America Together: LGBTQ+ Pride Month," shedding a favorable light on stories like one about a gender-confused girl who was living as a boy.
The media landscape has been changing for some time, but Carlson's ouster seems to confirm there is a problem at the once-conservative network. As far as Carlson's future, there's no doubt he will end up better off in the long run in his next endeavor.