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Former Fox News powerhouse Tucker Carlson “knows” his termination from the network was a precondition of the settlement with Dominion Voting Systems, the broadcaster says in an upcoming book.
The Guardian obtained a copy of Carlson’s biography, slated for an August 1st release in the United States.
From it, they unveiled the following quote:
“They agreed to take me off the air, my show off the air, as a condition of the Dominion settlement,” Carlson tells his biographer, Chadwick Moore.
“They had to settle this; Rupert [Murdoch, the 92-year-old Fox News owner] couldn’t testify. I think that deal was made minutes before the trial started. I mean, I know it was.”
Prior to his departure in April, Carlson was a significant figure in Fox News’s prime-time lineup.
Known for his views and forthright expression, Carlson generated both controversy and high viewer ratings.
Since his termination, he has commenced broadcasting on Twitter, creating a unique standoff with Fox, to which he remains contractually obligated.
Despite the claims, Dominion denies that Carlson’s removal was part of the settlement of its defamation suit.
A Dominion attorney clarified, “Dominion made no requests or demands whatsoever regarding Mr Carlson’s employment with Fox or his appearance, or non-appearance, on Fox News.”
Likewise, Fox News categorically denied that Carlson was terminated in connection with the Dominion case.
In interviews with Moore, Carlson rejects the idea that he made defamatory claims about Dominion.
When reminiscing about his removal from Fox News, he said, “I was first confused, and then shocked. It was just, ‘We’re taking you off the air.’ No explanation why, and they’ve let me guess ever since. That’s literally all I know. I asked if I violated my contract. They said, no, I’m not fired, I’m still under contract.”
Carlson also implied political pressure from Washington leaders may have played a part in his “cancellation.”
However, he was reluctant to tie his removal directly to his remarks about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
While admitting that Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch “definitely didn’t like my views,” Carlson said Lachlan, the co-chair of News Corp, told him it was acceptable they had disagreements.
This development and the continuing legal woes of Fox News have once again spotlighted the disputed 2020 election claims.
It’s essential for viewers and supporters of Carlson to examine the full story and make informed judgments, despite the political climate’s heated rhetoric.
As always, the truth lies somewhere between the headlines.
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