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Former Fox News host Megyn Kelly has some advice for her former colleague Tucker Carlson and how he should handle his departure from the network.
The host of “The Megyn Kelly Show’ podcast on Sirius XM advised Carlson to “walk away” from his contract with Fox News and let them “take him to court.”
“Tucker should walk away & forfeit the pay. Let Fox take him to court over the sole issue of silencing him for the rest of the election season (!)-the man they fired & smeared relentlessly while he stayed silent,” she said. “See how their dwindling audience repays them for that.”
Tucker should walk away & forfeit the pay. Let Fox take him to court over the sole issue of silencing him for the rest of the election season (!)-the man they fired & smeared relentlessly while he stayed silent. See how their dwindling audience repays them for
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) May 6, 2023
It came in response to a tweet by former CNN host Brian Stelter who questioned whether Carlson could get out of his contract that lasts until 2025.
“Carlson is subject to a ‘pay or play’ clause, which means Fox doesn’t have to ‘play’ him on air, they just have to pay him for the remainder of his contract. That’s what the exit negotiation is about: Will Fox let him out on relatively permissive terms?” he said.
Carlson is subject to a “pay or play” clause, which means Fox doesn’t have to “play” him on air, they just have to pay him for the remainder of his contract. That’s what the exit negotiation is about: Will Fox let him out on relatively permissive terms? https://t.co/tx4hi8pjn6
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 5, 2023
Kelly has harshly criticized her old network in how it has handled the departure of Carlson.
She shredded FOX News and its spokeswoman Irena Briganti for what she said was a “drip, drip, drip” campaign against Carlson that, she said, is failing.
“Meanwhile, Media Matters for America releases another mysterious outtake of Tucker onset speaking frankly. This happened last week. Two videos were released. By whoever could it be, Irena [Briganti]?” the host said to her guest, Libs of TikTok founder Chaya Raichik.
“So they first leaked to the New York Times,” she said. “This is my supposition for the record because it has yet to be confirmed but I know it is them. And I know it’s Irena Briganti who runs comms and f***ing hates Tucker. Sorry. She hates his guts. And it’s mutual. He doesn’t like her either. None of us do. Nobody likes Irena,” she said.
“All of a sudden you have his private text messages. You have these secret new unearthed video footage of him saying these things. It does feel like a lot of people are conspiring together to silence him,” the guest said.
A leaked video from the set of Carlson’s “Fox Nation” show showed the ex-host criticizing the network’s streaming platform.
The video was released to the watchdog group Media Matters and features Carlson speaking on the phone with an unidentified person while on the set of his program, “Tucker Carlson Today.”
“The conversation appeared to coincide with Carlson’s interview with controversial influencer Andrew Tate, whose misogynistic views went viral last year, months before his arrest in Romania as part of a human trafficking and rape investigation. Although the video is not dated, Media Matters noted that Carlson’s interview with Tate aired in August 2022,” Mediaite reported.
“I don’t want to be a slave to Fox Nation, which I don’t think that people watch anyway,” Carlson said during the call, which was taking place on speaker phone. “We’re gonna — because, you know, I’m like a representative of the American media now, speaking to an exile in Romania and welcoming him back into the brotherhood of journalists.”
The conversation segment appeared to center around what Carlson was going to wear for the interview.
“Yeah. It would help us out if you wore a sweater though, because we asked him not to wear a suit,” said an unidentified voice during the call. “Like he was panicking about it and we said, ‘You don’t have to. Tucker’s gonna be looking casual. That’s just how our show looks.’ Is that okay?”
“I mean, this is airing on the nighttime show, and I want it to look official. I don’t want it to be like bro talk. You know what I mean?” Carlson said.
At that point, the unknown speaker on the phone said that if the interview went past 45 minutes it would be aired on Fox Nation.
“But nobody’s gonna watch it on Fox Nation. Nobody watches Fox Nation because the site sucks. So I’d really like to just put the — dump the whole thing on YouTube,” Carlson said. “But anyway, that’s just my view. I’m just frustrated with — it’s hard to use that site. I don’t know why they’re not fixing it. It’s driving me insane. And they’re like making like Lifetime movies, but they don’t work on the infrastructure of the site. Like what? It’s crazy. And it drives me crazy ’cause it’s like we’re doing all this extra work, and no one can find it.”
“It’s unbelievable, actually. I don’t know who runs that site,” an obviously frustrated Carlson added.