Tucker Carlson discusses calls to leave Fox News as Trump supporters blast the outlet
Fox News host Tucker Carlson is adamant that he is staying put at the network. He took a moment on his Monday night show to make that very clear. He told his viewers that he’s not going anywhere and that his show will only get bigger at Fox.
Tucker did not specifically mention President Trump’s rumored new digital network or NewsMax and being asked to join one of them. It is also being said that Trump is considering buying NewsMax.
Fox News has been weathering heavy blowback from Trump supporters over their allegedly biased coverage of the 2020 presidential election. Trump is no fan of Fox News these days and the network has seen their ratings crater after presumptive President-elect Joe Biden has claimed the presidency with the help of favorable coverage from Fox.
Trump has been very critical of Fox News especially in recent weeks, tweeting last week that the network had forgotten the “golden goose” that has propelled the company to the most-watched cable news channel in the country. The president believes that instead of appealing to their conservative base Fox has gone liberal in their media viewpoint.
A number of Fox News hosts have shot back at Trump supporters and their claims of a stolen election or voter fraud so massive it would change the outcome of the race. Over the weekend some Trump supporters erupted in chants of “Fox News sucks!” and others were outraged online over Leland Vittert grilling a member of the president’s legal team in a very heated interview.
A fake screenshot of Carlson surfaced this week claiming on Parler that he would be leaving Fox News for Newsmax. PolitiFact, a liberal fact-checking service, gave the viral rumor its ‘Pants on Fire’ rating and stated that the news was fake and Tucker was staying where he was.
Tucker Carlson had this to say on his show:
“Before we get to the next segment, a quick note about the show. Over the weekend we got a lot of calls asking if we’re leaving Fox News. Ironically, at that very moment, we were working on a project to expand the amount of reporting and analysis we do in this hour across other parts of the company. This show is not going anywhere. It’s getting bigger. The people who run Fox News want more of it, not less, and we are grateful for that. We’ll have specifics soon, but as always, thank you for your trust in us. We’ll do our best to be worthy of it.”
Carlson has been one of the most prominent critics of Biden in the run-up to the election, airing numerous segments about corruption allegations involving Biden’s son Hunter. He has also questioned the integrity of the American electoral process.
Earlier this year, rumors suggested that GOP operatives were hopeful Carlson would himself run for president in 2024.
Tucker Carlson is not the only Fox News talking head that is rumored to be considering joining the ranks of Team Trump or NewsMax. Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity are both said to have been invited on-board. It is yet to be seen what their exact plans are with Fox News.
Carlson has one of the highest-rated cable news programs in the country, often stirring controversy for blistering attacks on the national media, prominent Democrats, or political “elites” in society.