Tucker Carlson bid farewell to Fox News in what appeared to be a state of blissful ignorance during his last show, completely unaware that the axe was about to fall.
As he gleefully munched on pizza in the closing moments of his final broadcast on Friday evening, he confidently declared, “We’ll be back!” with a tone of assurance.
Little did he know that those words would soon be proven wrong.
In a stunning announcement on Monday, Fox News revealed that their top-rated primetime star had parted ways with the network.
“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,” read the official statement. “Fox News Tonight will air live at 8 PM/ET starting this evening as an interim show helmed by rotating FOX News personalities until a new host is named.”
The sudden departure comes hot on the heels of Fox News settling Dominion Voting Systems’ defamation lawsuit for a staggering $787.5 million, which exposed the network’s role in promoting baseless claims of election fraud in the 2020 elections while privately acknowledging their lack of merit.
The turn of events appeared to catch Tucker Carlson off guard, as his final broadcast on Fox News betrayed no inkling of his imminent departure.
While Carlson did not play a direct role in the lawsuit, his relentless promotion of baseless election-fraud narratives as a prominent Fox News personality has come under scrutiny.
It is widely speculated that this controversy may have contributed to his departure from the network, although no official statement from either party has confirmed this.
The aftermath of the settlement has been tumultuous for Fox News, with repercussions reverberating throughout the network.
The search for a new permanent host remains an open question, leaving viewers and industry insiders speculating about the future direction of the network’s primetime programming.
As the dust settles, questions abound about the implications of Carlson’s departure for Fox News and the conservative media landscape as a whole.
Carlson, known for his controversial and provocative commentary, has been a lightning rod for both fervent support and vehement criticism. His departure from Fox News marks the end of an era, leaving a void that may be difficult to fill.
Watch his final broadcast below:
LMAO this is Tucker's last show — stuffing his face with pizza and saying "we'll be back on Monday"
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) April 24, 2023