Margaret Sullivan: The Russian president was waiting for the right stooge. With Carlson, he got just that.
Tucker Carlson released his two-hour interview with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president whose military is deep into its second year of the Ukraine invasion, marking an unprecedented sitdown between an American journalist and adversarial head of state during wartime. The Putin interview in its entirety was offered for free and unedited, Carlson said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been interviewed by former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, the Kremlin confirmed Wednesday. It is Putin’s first interview to a Western media figure since his full-scale invasion of Ukraine two years ago.
Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson said in a video posted to X on Tuesday that he is in Moscow to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin rarely gives interviews, particularly to Western journalists. Carlson, however, is cited frequently on Russian state TV because of his opposition to U.S. support for Ukraine’s war effort, embrace of other Russian-friendly narratives and criticism of President Biden. Carlson said the interview would air “unedited” on his website and on X. He also accused the mainstream media of a pro-Ukraine bias and unwillingness to cover Putin’s point of view.
The Kremlin, asked on Tuesday whether U.S. journalist Tucker Carlson had visited the Russian presidential administration in Moscow this week, declined to comment. Russian media showed pictures of Carlson at several spots around Moscow on Monday during a visit which has fuelled speculation that the former Fox News host may become the first Western journalist to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin during the war in Ukraine.
Tucker Carlson‘s new streaming site has launched, offering an array of different media products, all featuring Carlson. They include the self-explanatory Tucker Carlson Interview, After the Tucker Carlson Interview, Ask Tucker, TC Shorts, The Tucker Carlson Encounter and Tucker Carlson Films.
Former Fox News star turned social media vlogger Tucker Carlson was quietly removed from the board of the media organization he co-founded in 2011 — The Daily Caller — where he’d held a chair position for more than a decade, according to a previously unreported tax filing. Carlson seems to have disappeared from the board of The Daily Caller News Foundation sometime in 2022, according to tax documents that the group recently filed with the state of New Mexico.
Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s new media company Last Country has officially signed its first advertising deal. The agreement, worth at least $1 million, was reached with conservative-friendly shopping app Public Square, also known as PublicSq., on Friday, according to the app’s CEO, Michael Seifert.
The American TV personality Tucker Carlson has lambasted the United States for sending too much aid to Ukraine, called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “sweaty and rat-like,” and given credence to Russia’s baseless justifications for its invasion. The former Fox News host’s rhetoric on the war — he has called it a U.S.-led “regime-change war” against Russia — and his attacks on Zelensky’s government — “a pure client state of the United States State Department” — aligns so well with the major propaganda points of Russian state television that one channel has decided to broadcast Carlson’s new show on X, formerly Twitter, to millions of Russians, though apparently without Carlson’s permission.
Former President Trump’s sit-down with ex-Fox News host Tucker Carlson will be released Wednesday night just as the Republican presidential primary debate is set to begin on the network, Trump confirmed in a social media post. The former president wrote on Truth Social that his interview with Carlson, which was taped several days ago, will air at 9 p.m. The primary debate featuring eight of Trump’s GOP rivals is scheduled to air at 9-11 p.m. on Fox News.
The decision by former President Donald Trump to skip Wednesday’s first debate of the 2024 presidential primary season likely deprives Fox of a huge late-summer audience. Even worse for the network, Trump has talked of appearing in an online interview with former Fox star Tucker Carlson at the same time.
The former president’s apparent decision to skip the first debate is a major affront both to the Republican National Committee and to Fox News, which is hosting the event.
Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson could see two of the wealthiest GOP business megadonors, Rebekah Mercer and Peter Thiel, invest in his new media company, according to people familiar with the matter. Mercer has spoken with Carlson since his April departure from Fox News about possibly investing in his as yet unnamed media company, sources told CNBC. Thiel has hinted to allies that he could invest in the venture after hearing from Carlson’s side, these people added.
The former Fox News host and an associate look to raise funds for new venture that could use Twitter as its backbone.
Tucker Carlson, before he was sidelined by Fox, repeatedly endorsed a conspiracy theory about an Arizona man, who may sue for defamation. Legal experts say it would be a viable case.
“I don’t know why I was fired, I really don’t,” declared Tucker Carlson on his sudden departure from the airwaves of Fox News on April 24. “I’m not angry about it,” the former primetime host told pal Russell Brand on the latter’s podcast. “I honestly don’t know.” At another point he said: “I was surprised. I was shocked, but I wasn’t really shocked. And I wasn’t mad. It’s not my company. “You can believe me or not, but …I wish Fox well.” Carlson may wish his former employer well, but as the two sides continue to scuffle over his more than $20 million 2025 ending contract and his new-ish Twitter show, there didn’t seem to be much good will between the lines between the parties
Tucker Carlson is reportedly raising funds for a new media venture in the wake of his Fox News ousting, and many of his former staffers at the network are reuniting with him for the project.
Tucker to go on sale in July, while Hated by All the Right People doesn’t yet have release date.
Fox News has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Tucker Carlson as he ramps up a competing series on Twitter that drew a combined 169 million views for its first two episodes. Fox is continuing to pay Carlson, and maintains that his contract keeps his content exclusive to Fox through Dec. 31, 2024. Carlson is making a First Amendment argument for posting on Twitter, and asserts that Fox has committed material breaches of his contract.
Fox News Wednesday notified Tucker Carlson’s lawyers that the former prime-time anchor violated his contract with the network when he launched his own Twitter show on Tuesday, according to a copy of a letter obtained by Axios. A breach of contract claim sets Fox News up to explore potential legal action against Carlson, a move that would intensify the already thorny public battle between the two parties. Carlson’s lawyers told Axios that any legal action by Fox would violate his First Amendment rights.
Tucker Carlson launched his promised new show, Tucker on Twitter, Tuesday with talk of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, UFOs, who killed JFK and what really went down on 9/11 — and the one-time Fox News host was a hit. In just over four hours, the low-tech 10-minute video posted on the Elon Musk-owned social media platform attracted 27 million views.
The Department of Justice has opened a criminal hacking probe into how behind-the-scenes footage of fired Fox News host Tucker Carlson was leaked to media organizations in recent months, according to a letter the federal agency sent the cable network that said that Justice “presently views Fox Corp. as one of the potential victim-witnesses of the alleged criminal conduct under investigation.”
An FBI search earlier this month at the home of media consultant Tim Burke and his wife, Tampa City Council member Lynn Hurtak, stemmed from an investigation of alleged computer intrusions and intercepted communications at the Fox News Network, the Tampa Bay Times has learned. The Times obtained a letter Thursday that a Tampa federal prosecutor sent to Fox News, which describes an ongoing criminal probe into computer hacks at the company, including unaired video from Tucker Carlson’s show. The former primetime host was dropped by the network in April.
A recently launched political action committee that sought to push former Fox News host Tucker Carlson to run for president has ceased activities after a legal threat from Carlson’s lawyer. Carlson’s lawyer Harmeet Dhillon sent the PAC officers a cease-and-desist letter on Monday.
The mystery surrounding Tucker Carlson’s ouster from the airwaves at Fox News — and his future plans in media — are coming into sharper focus. On April 26, Carlson spoke by phone with one of Fox Corp.’s eight board members, who told the host that his recent benching was a condition of Fox News’ settlement with Dominion Voting Systems, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the conversation. The unnamed board member told Carlson that the condition does not appear in any of the settlement’s documents, and instead was a verbal agreement. If Fox didn’t comply, the settlement was off, Carlson was told. Dominion had plenty of leverage given that the $787.5 million deal to settle Dominion’s defamation suit against the network wouldn’t officially close until late May.
Tucker Carlson said Tuesday that he is planning to relaunch his show on Twitter. He said that the new show would be “starting soon,” but gave no exact date for the launch. In a message posted on Tuesday, Carlson said: “Amazingly, as of tonight, there aren’t many platforms left that allow free speech. The last big one remaining in the world, the only one, is Twitter.”
Tucker Carlson is preparing to unleash allies to attack Fox News in an effort to bully the network into letting him work for — or start — a right-wing rival, sources close to him tell Axios. Tucker vs. Fox could reshape the conservative news world. Fox, which has seen its ratings plunge in Carlson’s slot since he was let go 13 days ago, wants to sideline him by paying him $20 million a year not to work.
The fired Fox host, hoping for a next act bigger than podcasting, would forfeit millions owed to him in his network contract to have a voice in the 2024 election, associates say, and has talked to Trump about a candidate forum.
The discovery of the text message contributed to a chain of events that ultimately led to Tucker Carlson’s firing.
Ousted Fox News host Tucker Carlson is seen on newly revealed video bashing the network’s streaming service, which he produced a bevy of content for during his tenure at the company.
Tucker Carlson hasn’t left Fox Corp. quite yet. The company’s Fox News Media unit has hours and hours of various specials and original programming the controversial anchor developed for the subscription-based streaming service Fox Nation, and doesn’t appear poised to take any of that content down. The Carlson-created options currently available on the service are manifold.