Recent reports have brought up rumors that former Fox News host Tucker Carlson is considering moderating a Republican primary presidential debate, and has already corresponded with former President Donald Trump regarding the possibility.
Forbes claimed that Trump became interested in such an idea after the Republican National Committee reportedly did not honor his request for a post-Labor Day debate, with the first event set to be held on Fox News in August.
The Hill noted that given that Carlson’s contract agreement with Fox News is slated to remain active until the conclusion of 2024, there is a possibility he will be limited with what business endeavors he could engage with before then. The outlet also reported that the Washington Post, referencing a source who knows Carlson very well, indicated that he is open to skipping out on millions of dollars still owed to him by Fox so he can begin something new.
As BlazeMedia observed, Fox News has had its ratings greatly suffer since Carlson’s ousting, particularly in his primetime slot compared with CNN and MSNBC, which are widely considered to be the network’s greatest rivals. One report found that ratings fell 29.6% in the first week of Carlson’s absence, down from the last week.
Former Fox News host Megyn Kelly reacted to the news of tumbling ratings, characterizing it as a “Bloodbath.”
“Not even Bud Lite (which is currently giving away its beer in an effort to get ppl to pls pls drink it) lost this much of its customer base,” she quipped.
Not even Bud Lite (which is currently giving away its beer in an effort to get ppl to pls pls drink it) lost this much of its customer base. https://t.co/yvzPV2IZkL
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) May 3, 2023
Carlson seems to have reacted quite well since his exit from the network, as is evidenced by a video he released on Twitter a few days after the news first broke.
In the clip, simply captioned, “Good evening,” Carlson conveyed that he has not allowed the separation to get him down.
“When honest people say what’s true, calmly, and without embarrassment, they become powerful,” the famous primetime show host proclaimed to the tens of millions of people who watched his remarks. He added that “the liars who’ve been trying to silence them shrink,” and are weakened as a result.
“That’s the iron law of the universe,” Carlson declared in his concluding remarks. “True things prevail.”
Good evening pic.twitter.com/SPrsYKWKCE
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) April 27, 2023