Fox News made jaws drop when they pulled the rug out from under Tucker Carlson for reasons that remain unclear to this day.
Then Tucker replied by posting a short video clip one minute after his show was supposed to air… and absolutely CRUSHED the ratings of whoever it was that they called on to replace him.
We heard that Tucker and Lemon both lawyered up with the same big-dollar firm. Aside from a few bizzaro leaks from ‘the bird’ (the camera on set that stays on) to Media Matters, we didn’t hear much. Until now.
Axios is now reporting that Fox wants to keep Tucker out of the news cycle until the original contract expires after the 2024 election race. But Tucker is already in talks with people offering FAR more than he ever made at Fox.
NewsMax and Rumble have both offered more than he was making at his old gig. Outlets like the Daily Wire have shown an interest in him. Tucker was talking to Elon about … something.
He has been asked if he wants to moderate the GOP debates.
And there’s always the possibility of Tucker doing something he’s already done successfully with Daily Caller. Building his own direct-to-consumer brand.
State of play: The ousted host “knows where a lot of bodies are buried, and is ready to start drawing a map,” said a Carlson source who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.
Carlson allies with big platforms are prepared to attack Fox for trying to keep him on the shelf.
Bare-knuckle brawlers from Trumpworld are standing by.
“They’re coming to him and saying: ‘Do you want me to hit Fox?’ ” a close Carlson friend said. “He’s been saying: ‘No. I want to get this done quiet and clean.’ ”
“Now, we’re going from peacetime to Defcon 1,” the friend added. “His team is preparing for war. He wants his freedom.” –Axios