In “stunning” news just before the upfront advertising market is set to begin, leading cable TV prime-time news host Tucker Carlson is departing Fox News Channel, effective immediately, reports TVNewser.
According to TVNewser, the decision comes “just days after Fox News and Fox Corp settled their defamation lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems for a record $787.5 million over the network’s promotion of ex-President Donald Trump’s false 2020 presidential election claims.
“Many wondered if the Murdoch family would make any substantial changes at the network in light of the settlement. Well, here’s one.
“Carlson was a central figure in the defamation lawsuit, as we’ve detailed countless times in recent weeks. Not only that, but a former producer at the network named Abby Grossberg recently accused Carlson and his show staff of making anti-Semitic and misogynistic remarks behind the scenes on a frequent basis.”
Meanwhile, at CNN, news anchor Don Lemon is exiting the cable network, reports NPR.
“Don will forever be a part of the CNN family, and we thank him for his contributions over the past 17 years,” the news outlet said in a tweet. “We wish him well and will be cheering him on in his future endeavors.”
In a statement posted to his Twitter account, Lemon confirmed his ouster, saying his agent told him Monday morning that he had been terminated by CNN.
“I am stunned. After 17 years at CNN, I would have thought that someone in management would have had the decency to tell me directly,” Lemon said.
Lemon had recently returned to the air after taking time off following sexist and ageist remarks he made on CNN about Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley, states NPR.
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I am no fan of Tucker Carlson and do not wish him well in his career. It is evident that he has racist beliefs, does not represent the higher ideals of a newsperson/broadcaster, disrespects all people with his dissemination of conspiracy theories and lies, apparently none of which he believes is true. He should go down in history, along with DJT, for actions bordering on treason. However, I am sure there are others at Fox who are just as guilty as Carlson, likely Murdoch himself. The whole lot should be fired.