Tucker Carlson announces comeback with show on Twitter

Tucker Carlson, host of 'Tucker Carlson Tonight,' poses for photos in a Fox News Channel studio on March 2, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Tucker Carlson, host of 'Tucker Carlson Tonight,' poses for photos in a Fox News Channel studio on March 2, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Fired Fox news host Tucker Carlson says he will be putting out a “new version” of his program on Twitter.

Carlson makes his announcement in a three-minute video posted on the social media site, as part of a denunciation of media. He calls Twitter the last big remaining platform that allows free speech.

“We’ll be bringing a new version of the show we’ve been doing for the last six and a half years to Twitter,” he says. “We’ll bring some other things, too, which we’ll tell you about. But for now we’re just grateful to be here.”

He offers no other details, and a message to his lawyer, Bryan Freedman, was not immediately returned.

It’s unclear what these plans mean for his remaining contract with Fox; typically television companies include a no-compete clause when someone leaves the air. A Fox spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a call for comment.

Fox announced on April 24 that it was cutting ties with Carlson, its most popular prime-time anchor. The network offered no explanation for the move, and Fox’s ratings in his old time slot have sharply fallen.

Carlson’s on-air embrace of white nationalist conspiracy theories had defined the network’s editorial voice since 2017, including the Great Replacement theory, a far-right belief that attributes a diversifying electorate to a shadowy conspiracy, typically engineered by Jews, to replace white voters with immigrants and minority groups.

He is separately facing a lawsuit from a Jewish former producer on his show, who alleges that senior staff fostered an office culture full of sexism and antisemitism, including berating an Israeli employee for taking the High Holidays off from work. The producer, Abby Grossberg, also said that she had been pushed by Fox to give false testimony in the Dominion case.

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