‘Tucker’s Not Fired’: Megyn Kelly DISHES What she Knows From an Insider
Journalist and podcaster Megyn Kelly dropped a truth bomb on her show last week clarifying the facts surrounding Tucker Carlson leaving Fox News and pointing out to her viewers that he hadn’t actually been fired yet while explaining what was going on.
“I want to, I think, break some news for you. Tucker Carlson hasn’t actually been fired,” she announced in what appears to be a distinction without a difference in this particular case.
“He’s still an employee of the Fox News Channel. What happened was Suzanne Scott called him, she’s the CEO, on Monday morning and said he was not going to be allowed to do any more shows and that he had been kicked out of his company email, and now they’re going to have to negotiate an exit. Some reporting to me suggests that she said it’s going to be an amicable parting. Right? Isn’t it?” Kelly incredulously asked.
You could tell the independent journalist was incensed over how the whole sordid treatment of Carlson played out at Fox News.
“Completely catching Tucker off-guard. But Tucker’s not fired. That’s my information. That he still needs to negotiate the exit and that right now he’s not free to launch a podcast or a digital show or negotiate with other employers at all because he’s still under contract. They pulled his show off the air. They also fired his executive producer Justin Wells. And though he tried to find out why, they wouldn’t tell him. They refused to tell him why,” she continued.
“I mean… to me, that’s just so disheartening. He’s been at the company for years. He’d been in the primetime for seven years and saw Fox News through one of the most difficult times in its history. The immediate era post-Roger Ailes where they didn’t know left from right. They didn’t know up from down. They really didn’t have strong management leading the company and they had lost two of their biggest stars, Bill O’Reilly and me. At least at that time,” the former Fox News host noted.
She went on to point out that Tucker Carlson wasn’t afraid to take risks in order to do his reporting and that he made the network incredibly popular while making it a boatload of money.
“So, Tucker takes over. It was a huge order that he was given and he did it. He smashed the ball out of the park. And he took a lot of risks. … He pushed against the orthodoxy on so many different things and typically, Fox News liked that. So, why? Why now? What was it that led them to treat their number 1 star with such disdain? I mean, dripping disdain to the point where he can no longer access his email. He doesn’t get to tell his own team. He doesn’t get to say goodbye,” she added.
“I mean, it’s absolutely disrespectful to him. And unlike Don Lemon, he hadn’t been immersed in controversy after controversy inside the building against his own colleagues. Yes, the leftist media had been coming after him repeatedly. And in the case of Dominion, to some extent, lawyers, although he wasn’t their primary focus. So what was it? What would make your own company turn against you like that?” Kelly asked.
Kelly acknowledged that there are a lot of angry Fox News viewers out there as well. She also called on the network to release Carlson from his non-compete agreement so he can go on to better and bigger things.
“The Fox News audience is clearly mad and I don’t blame them. It’ll be interesting to see what the ratings were,” she stated, noting that a rotating cast is taking Carlson’s place just like CNN did when Chris Cuomo was booted.
“Fox News is banking on its audience not leaving them… on its audience being more in love with the Fox News brand than they were with Tucker. We’ll see. We’ll see whether or not that’s true but I just think the way they handled it was disrespectful and gross. And I think Tucker Carlson deserved better,” she asserted.
“I certainly hope that he uses Brian Freedman, my old lawyer, to get the remainder of his contract. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Tucker was making around $20 million a year. And that they will pay him out on his deal. I don’t know when it expired, but he was in the process of negotiating a renewal,” Kelly said.
“So, they should pay him out and they should let him out of his non-compete so he can go out there and get his voice on the air now when his audience will most be missing him,” she concluded.