Tucker Carlson, the conservative commentator and former Fox News host, announced that he is launching a new version of his show on Twitter. In a video posted on the platform, Carlson provided limited details about the show and criticized the news media. He praised Twitter as a platform for free speech and emphasized that everyone is allowed on the site.
“I also want to be clear that we have not signed a deal of any kind whatsoever. Tucker is subject to the same rules & rewards of all content creators,” Musk said.
Musk also reached out to former CNN anchor Don Lemon on Twitter, suggesting that Lemon should consider doing his show on the platform, highlighting the larger potential audience.
Carlson was fired April 24 shortly after Fox paid $787 million to settle a libel suit brought by Dominion Voting Systems. Both Carlson’s amplification on his show of false allegations by Trump supporters about the 2020 election and private communications by Carlson and his Fox colleagues ridiculing the election fraud conspiracy theory and its advocates who were often on Carlson’s show, figured prominently in the Dominion case. Neither Carlson nor Fox News has disclosed specifically why they parted ways.
“Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which aired on Fox News since 2016, was one of the most-watched shows on American cable news Fox viewership in Carlson’s former slot has plummeted since his departure. Carlson has faced criticism for promoting conspiracy theories and disinformation, including the “great replacement” theory, as well as targeting individuals. A former producer, Abby Grossberg, filed a lawsuit against Carlson, alleging a hostile work environment characterized by sexism and discrimination. Fox News disputed these claims, stating that they contained false allegations.
Carlson’s Twitter announcement coincides with Elon Musk’s rightward shift and his occasional promotion of fringe conspiracy theories on the platform. Musk recently made controversial statements questioning the 2020 election and casting doubt on connections between the Dallas-area mall shooter and extremist social media posts.