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Elon Musk has responded after Tucker Carlson finally spoke directly to his fans in a video after he was terminated from Fox News and it set Twitter on fire.
The video had amassed more than 50 million views at the time of this writing and that brought a comment from Democrat activist Ed Krassenstein who called Carlson an entertainer and made a baseless accusation that the former Fox News host was a “bigot.”
“I literally see hundreds of Tweets this morning saying things like ‘Thanks Tucker’ or ‘Go Tucker’. Let me be clear about one thing,” he said.
“Tucker Carlson is an entertainer. He is an entertainer who stoops down to levels of bigotry. He is a liar who would tell people what they wanted to hear, just to get viewers and better ratings,” he said. “His expertise on Fox News was kissing up to his audiences’ confirmation biases and then spinning the narrative and propagating lies and conspiracy theories to entertain those biases.”
I literally see hundreds of Tweets this morning saying things like “Thanks Tucker” or “Go Tucker”. Let me be clear about one thing.
Tucker Carlson is an entertainer. He is an entertainer who stoops down to levels of bigotry. He is a liar who would tell people what they wanted to… pic.twitter.com/jZztmSa71J
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) April 27, 2023
But Musk hit him right back.
“Anyone making materially false statements on this platform will get Community Noted, including you, me, Tucker, advertisers, head of state, etc. No exceptions,” he said. “Convince the people and let the chips fall where they may.”
Anyone making materially false statements on this platform will get Community Noted, including you, me, Tucker, advertisers, head of state, etc. No exceptions.
Convince the people and let the chips fall where they may. @CommunityNotes https://t.co/GLK8o7D2FS
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 27, 2023
Carlson released a video to his supporters on Wednesday night and encouraged them to “keep fighting” and that they would hear from him soon. During the video, Carlson said he realized after stepping “outside the noise for a few days” how “unbelievably stupid most of the debates you see on television are,” arguing that they were “completely irrelevant” and “mean nothing.”
“In five years we won’t even remember that we had them,” he said, adding, “Trust me as someone who has participated.”
Now, rumors are swirling around who the network might choose to take over Carlson’s time slot.
Mediaite published a report titled, “Who Will Replace Tucker Carlson at Fox News? Here Are Mediaite’s Top Picks,” where staff members compiled a list of potential hosts who could take over Carlson’s coveted 8 PM time slot. Fox News stated it would rotate hosts before making any final decisions on Carlson’s replacement.
Right now, Jesse Watters has 7 PM ET, Sean Hannity has 9 PM ET, and Laura Ingraham has the 10 PM ET time slot.
Mediaite suggested in its report that Fox News could simply move around Watters, Ingraham, or Hannity to give them the 8 PM time slot and test a new host in a later time slot. That way, a more seasoned host would simply take over Carlson’s time slot on the network.
In the event that Fox News keeps the primetime hosts in their current time slots, here are the top 6 names that Mediaite suggested could take over Carlson’s show:
Greg Gutfeld — who hosts “The Five” and his late-night comedy show “Gutfeld!”
Tulsi Gabbard — a former Democratic lawmaker and 2020 presidential candidate
Kayleigh McEnany — former press secretary in the Trump administration
Brian Kilmeade — a longtime host and figure at Fox News
Pete Hegseth — a co-host and contributor at Fox News
Jesse Watters — who hosts “The Five” and his own primetime show
Time will tell what Fox News decides to do, but news of Carlson’s firing ignited a firestorm on social media this week.
Carlson was reportedly “blindsided” on Monday when he received a phone call from CEO Suzanne Scott informing him that he had been fired.
The firing came as Carlson had been negotiating a new contract that would have reportedly kept him at the network through 2029, according to an Independent report.
Now, a former top Fox News host thinks he knows the reason why Carlson was let go.
During an interview with Chris Cuomo of News Nation, Bill O’Reilly — the former Fox News host who previously occupied the coveted primetime 8 PM time slot — argued that he believes Carlson was fired because the network is facing a slew of lawsuits related to the 2020 election.
Fox News just settled a lawsuit with Dominion and agreed to pay out a whopping $787 million. The network also has an ongoing lawsuit filed by former Fox News booker Abby Grossberg.