Former President Donald Trump said Monday that former Fox News host Tucker Carlson was “terrific” and was stunned at his departure from the network.
“I’m shocked. I’m surprised, he’s a very good person, a very good man and very talented, as you know, and he had very high ratings,” Trump told Newsmax host Greg Kelly in an interview taped earlier Monday. “We’re just learning about it now almost as we speak.”
Fox News announced the departure of Carlson, a co-founder of the Daily Caller News Foundation, from the network Monday morning, saying they had “agreed to part ways.” The network will use rotating hosts to anchor news coverage at the 8 p.m. time slot where “Tucker Carlson Tonight” previously aired, host Harris Faulkner said.
Fox News settled a lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems for $787.5 million less than a week ago, averting a trial that could have seen Carlson and other network personalities forced to testify.
“I don’t know if it was voluntary or it was somebody fired,” Trump said, “But I think Tucker’s been terrific, he’s been, especially over the last year or so, he’s been terrific to me.”
Brian Kilmeade, a co-host of “Fox and Friends,” took over the 8 p.m. timeslot Monday evening.
“Maybe he left because he wasn’t being given his free reign,” Trump said. “He wants free rein, maybe, but I was surprised by it.”
Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy predicted the network would see a windfall in a statement released earlier Monday following Carlson’s departure from Fox News.
louis you are so right. notice the left will stop FREE SPEECH…esp if its the TRUTH and if its a truth that is exposing the things the left is doing. myself and many others didnt trust the 2016 elections…i started worrying about it because of my experience with the BUSH GORE ELECTIONS. WHEN IN HOUSTON A BOX WAS FOUND DUMPED TO THE GROUND WITH REPUBLICAN VOTES IN IT….it was in the newspaper….however bush won anyway….since that time and the HANGING CHADS…who can trust in ANY OF THE ELECTIONS IN THE STATES….and then….to punish people regarding it….and also going after the right when the left gets a pass on things they are really doing…exposing the left often enough yet nothing done about it….i hope tucker would sue abt this…SHAME….THE LEFT…
Tucker Carlson was the main reason I watched Fox News the rest are just clowns -Gutfied -The Five touch on the news but still nonsense Sean Hannity – Laura Ingraham are narcissistic and sanctimonious .
Tucker was more serious and gave you the sense of what was the truth. Like all of us we make mistakes but At the end of the day Fox will realize they made a mistake.
Rumor has it that Fox aka Murdoch Family wants to SELL Fox News and the new “buyer” didn’t want Tucker Carlson. I just can’t imagine why the Liberals & Dems would want to BUY yet another Network – OH that’s right; so therefore NO American citizens could EVER get Conservative views or pertinent knowledge or stories that the Dems & Liberals don’t want the People to know about. My hunch is that the Powers That Be and offering FOX an enormous amt of money to SELL the one news channel that for a long while was ALL conservative and then after 2020, they gradually distanced themselves from the man that made their ratings GO thru the ROOF – Donald J. Trump. Fox has gradually reduced the amt of time they would even say his name on air – – not to the point where the Biden people refer to him childishly as “predecessor” or “the previous occupants of the White House” and the other childish ways they refer to the former President but Fox did gradually gravitate away from all things Trumps. Our Govt is going to CONTROL all of our Media Sources SOON – – – this was just another large step towards that happening. Pretty soon, we’ll be no different than China or Russia – MSNBC, CNN and FOX won’t compete against each other – they’ll be working in cohorts to brainwash the American Citizens…and catch the YOUNG people….who won’t recognize the pattern that all 3 channels are saying the SAME thing as they didn’t have decades of exposure of different viewpoints & narratives, debates and controversial views but listen to it all and then WE were permitted to make the decisions ourselves! I pray that this is not happening; but my gut hunch says it is –