According to Variety, confidential sources claim that on April 26, Tucker Carlson spoke with a member of Fox Corp.’s board, who informed him that his temporary suspension was a condition of Fox News’ settlement with Dominion Voting Systems.
According to the allegations, even though this condition was not written down in the settlement agreement, it was verbally communicated. The conclusion of the resolution, which required Fox’s cooperation, was contingent upon their compliance with this demand.
It appeared that Dominion was attempting to cause the most damage possible to the conservative news network by severing ties with the cable news personality with the most viewers. Dominion’s intention, according to sources familiar with the situation, was to deliver a devastating strike in the hopes that it will result in a widespread loss of viewers.
“That condition was intended to hurt Fox, and Tucker is just collateral damage,” stated a source with knowledge of the situation. “Dominion wanted to punish Fox, and it’s working.” Fox’s ratings have taken a significant hit since Tucker was fired as well.
Fox went so far as to label these assertions “categorically false,” while Dominion filed a statement opposing any requests regarding Carlson’s employment, and both corporations issued statements denying the allegations.
Several Fox anchors have expressed an interest in following Carlson’s example and joining him on Twitter. Reportedly, some of these anchors have communicated with Carlson directly or through intermediaries to express their willingness to do so when their current contracts expire.
Carlson’s Twitter move could have additional reverberations with talent at the network. A handful of Fox anchors have reached out to Carlson directly or had their surrogates contact him to say they are eager to join whatever venture he starts on Twitter when their contracts are up, according to sources.
After being terminated on April 24, Carlson contacted Bryan Freedman, a prominent counsel in the Hollywood entertainment industry, in order to resolve the contract dispute. Freedman is a seasoned entertainment litigator known for his aggressive demeanor. He has represented a number of high-profile customers in the entertainment industry.
The sources claimed that the anchor is willing to pursue legal action or allow the network to self-destruct while questioning the principles of free speech if Fox attempts to stifle Carlson’s Twitter program, for which he has a substantial following of 7.5 million.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter, provided additional information about Tucker Carlson’s program that aired earlier in May on the website. Musk emphasized Twitter’s advantages in terms of interaction and the ability to critique and dispute content.
On May 9, Carlson announced on Twitter that his program would be featured on the website, thereby establishing it as a trustworthy news source in contrast to Fox News. Due to Musk’s endorsement of Carlson’s program, it is expected that the show will garner a large number of viewers. Carlson then criticized media networks for hiding information and emphasized the importance of free speech in democracies.