When Fox News terminated Tucker Carlson, it generated a lot of speculation. Right-wing commentators took to social media and their shows to take guesses at why he departed and what Fox News could be thinking. Adding to the flurry of nonstop minute coverage of even the smallest updates, Tucker Carlson himself gave some more fodder for commentates to graze on.
Carlson released a video talking about the state of the media and political discourse.
“The undeniably big topics, the ones that will define our future, get virtually no discussion at all: war, civil liberties, emerging science, demographic change, corporate power, natural resources,” he said.
Carlson’s website also featured an ad directing visitors to a signup page where they can stay up to date on what he is doing next, according to The Washington Examiner. The website still highlights clips and segments from when he was hosting “Tucker Carlson Tonight” at his 8 p.m. primetime slot.
The show was a massive success at Fox News, pulling in the most viewers from the 25-54 age demographic and topping the charts compared to all other news networks, according to American Pigeon. Now, one of the questions infiltrating some is what is going to happen to the three million viewers Carlson managed to garner every night during his show.
Democrats and other left-wing personalities have called for Fox News to terminate Carlson for many years, citing instances of misogyny and white supremacy. Now, they are largely celebrating. Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went live with her followers praising the news and concluding that “deplatforming works.”
She also claimed that Carlson was responsible for the death threats she and many others have received. However, AOC compared Carlson to a movie villain and anticipates how he is going to make a comeback.
The termination comes after Fox News settled a lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems.