Fox News’ Tucker Carlson has been an unstoppable force in the political commentary world, and he’s about to get even more untouchable.
Fox announced on Wednesday that Carlson has been tapped to launch a new podcast and a series of investigative specials on Fox Nation, the network’s online streaming platform.
According to a press release from Fox, Carlson has signed a multi-year contract with Fox Nation to produce a series of “Tucker Carlson Originals” that will become available on the platform in April 2021.
He also plans to release at least three video podcasts per week in which he’ll take a deeper dive into topics covered on his main show. He’ll continue hosting “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on weeknights as well.
Carlson confirmed the news in a statement, noting that “This is my twelfth year at FOX News and I’ve never been more grateful to be here … As other media outlets fall silent or fall in line, FOX News Media’s management has redoubled its commitment to honesty and freedom of speech. I consider that heroic at a time like this.”
Carlson’s weeknight show is currently one of Fox’s most successful shows ever despite the leftist push to silence him. Carlson’s bold proclamation of the truth resulted in a record 3.6 million viewers in January and granting him the highest-rated monthly viewership in cable news history.
The decision to expand Carlson’s brand appears to be a part of a larger restructuring of the Fox News network. Fellow Fox host Greg Gutfeld’s show is also being expanded — from his longtime Saturday primetime spot to a weeknight slot due to the show’s “incredible success,” Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said last week.
The restructuring push brought other surprises with it as well, as longtime fans of the network were stunned to learn last week that popular Fox Business host Lou Dobbs was being eliminated from the lineup entirely.
Fox News has come under fire from many longtime supporters since the November election, but Carlson affirmed his commitment to the network on Wednesday, declaring that “whatever you may read about Fox News on the internet, the truth is … they’re principled defenders of free speech” that have resisted the cancel culture calls to yank him off the air.
We told you in November that we were doubling down on Fox News, and Fox News on us. Tonight we want to tell you what that means. pic.twitter.com/im9tXjQYSX
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) February 18, 2021