Tucker who? Fox Information hosts keep away from Carlson’s identify after ouster

NEW YORK : The day he was fired, Tucker Carlson was almost invisible on the Fox Information prime-time lineup that he used to dominate.

“We’re not speaking about him,” former colleague Sean Hannity stated in one of many two very temporary mentions of Carlson’s identify on Fox Information on Monday evening. In distinction, his ouster was the lead story on ABC, CBS and NBC night newscasts.

Carlson was abruptly bounced from his fashionable prime-time present earlier within the day with none rationalization from Fox. It was lower than one week after Fox had agreed to pay $787 million to settle a lawsuit with Dominion Voting Techniques over the community’s dissemination of bogus election conspiracy theories, and it got here as extra authorized threats loom.

Brian Kilmeade took over Carlson’s hour, telling viewers that Carlson and Fox had agreed to half methods, “as you might have heard.” He swiftly moved on to different tales.

Hannity led his hour-long broadcast with a narrative on Hunter Biden, the president’s son, and interviewed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin.

Carlson’s identify got here up when Hannity did a phase on the opposite large media story of the day, CNN’s firing of anchor Don Lemon. He introduced on Kellyanne Conway, former aide to President Donald Trump, to criticize Lemon as a studio viewers cheered.

“We’re not speaking about Tucker,” Hannity stated, unprompted. “I haven’t got any particulars on it. He had a large viewers and he had an enormous following. This man (Lemon) had no one.”

Fox’s different prime-time host, Laura Ingraham, did not point out Carlson. As a substitute, she criticized Democrats in her lead story, “No matter Occurred to Hope and Change?” She additionally did a phase on a contest in Belgium the place folks pretended to screech like seagulls.

Carlson, Hannity and Ingraham appeared shut in November 2020. That is once they engaged in a three-way textual content dialog bashing their very own community’s information division following the presidential election, in accordance with paperwork revealed earlier this 12 months as a part of Dominion’s lawsuit.

Fox has stated that rotating visitor hosts will occupy Carlson’s outdated time slot till a full-time substitute is called.

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Up to date: 25 Apr 2023, 09:21 PM IST