Brian Kilmeade stepped into the time slot vacated by Tucker Carlson on Fox News, delivering a brief and somewhat cool acknowledgment of his colleague’s departure. In a video that circulated online, Kilmeade took just 10 seconds to offer his well wishes to Carlson.
“As you probably have heard, Fox News and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways,” Kilmeade said. “I wish Tucker the best. I’m great friends with Tucker and always will be.”
With those few words, the post-Tucker era at Fox News began, leaving many in the media world stunned by the sudden departure of the controversial prime-time star. Reports indicated that Carlson was informed of his exit just 10 minutes before the public announcement.
“FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways. We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor,” Fox News stated in a brief statement, without providing any specific reasons for Carlson’s departure.
Kilmeade, who co-hosts “Fox & Friends”, will be the first in a rotation of guest hosts for the newly renamed show, “Fox News Tonight”, now that “Tucker Carlson Tonight” is no more. Fox News has yet to announce a permanent host for the time slot.
However, Kilmeade’s announcement of his new role did not sit well with some ardent Carlson supporters, who took to social media to express their dissatisfaction.
“You don’t tell it like Tucker,” one Twitter user wrote, reflecting the loyalty that Carlson has garnered from his viewers.
The departure of Tucker Carlson, known for his controversial and divisive commentary, marks a significant change for Fox News, which has long been associated with conservative programming. Carlson had been a prominent figure on the network, known for his outspoken views and unapologetic delivery.
His departure has left many wondering about the future direction of Fox News and who will fill the void left by Carlson. Kilmeade’s brief acknowledgment of his colleague’s departure may have been terse, but it also reflected the uncertainty and anticipation surrounding the changes at the network.
As Fox News moves forward with its lineup changes, viewers and media observers alike will be watching closely to see how the network evolves and adjusts to the departure of one of its most recognizable and controversial hosts. In the meantime, Kilmeade and the rotating cast of guest hosts will have big shoes to fill as they take on the challenge of hosting “Fox News Tonight” in the post-Tucker era.
Brian Kilmeade very, very, very briefly addressed Tucker's sudden departure from Fox News: "I'm great friends with Tucker and always will be." pic.twitter.com/tivaBZ0BUu
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