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Tucker Carlson suddenly resign from Fox News

Top-rated cable TV host Tucker Carlson, credited with setting the agenda for American conservatives, has left Fox News, the network said.

Fox News said in a statement that Carlson had agreed to “part off.” His last TV show was on Friday, April 21, the statement said. Prime time slots are now hosted by multiple temporary hosts until a permanent replacement is found. A short statement of two paragraphs did not lead to a sudden decision. On the air, a Fox News anchor announced his departure, thanking Carlson for “his services to the network”.

The 53-year-old is not only a popular host, but also influential historically. His shows often set the agenda for conservatives and, by extension, Republicans. His program blends populist and conservative views on issues as diverse as immigration, crime, race, gender, and sexuality, with “awakening” ideologies being frequent targets. According to Nielsen data for the week from March 27 to April 2, it was included in 4 of the top 10 shows on American cable TV.

He is the highest rated Fox News anchor, averaging over 3 million viewers per night. The host has often publicly agreed with Donald Trump, whose policies have reshaped the Republican Party in recent years, but at times he has disagreed with the former president’s political views. Fox News competitors quickly took advantage of Carlson’s departure. One rival network,

Newsmax, said it had successfully attracted Fox News viewers in recent months, and that Carlson’s departure “only exacerbated that trend.” The announcement of Carlson’s resignation comes just days after Fox News settled a defamation lawsuit from voting machine company Dominion over its coverage of the 2020 presidential election. In the lawsuit, Dominion argued that its business was harmed by Fox spreading false claims its machines were rigged against Mr Trump. The case prompted disclosures of text messages that showed Carlson’s private views often contrasted with his on-air output. His show, which aired in the coveted 20:00 to 21:00 EST slot, was cited repeatedly in court documents by Dominion’s attorneys in their claim some of its output was defamatory.

Additionally, Fox News is also facing a lawsuit filed in March by former guest booker Abby Grossberg in which she accused Carlson of “vile sexist stereotypes”. Fox News has counter-sued and said it would “vigorously defend these claims”. Carlson’s latest interview with Mr Trump came two weeks ago, despite disclosures in the Dominion case showing he had privately said of the ex-president: “I hate him passionately.” He also interviewed Twitter CEO Elon Musk during what would become his final week on Fox News.

His departure appears to have been sudden and came without the usual farewell that might be expected from a long-serving presenter. A video shared on Twitter by journalist Aaron Rupar showed Carlson ending his show on Friday with the words “we’ll be back on Monday”. Carlson first joined Fox as a contributor in 2009 before becoming a co-host of the Fox and Friends Weekend show between 2012-16, the year he began hosting the Tucker Carlson Show.

Before his Fox career began, Carlson also hosted shows on CNN and MSNBC, before founding the Daily Caller website alongside former Republican political adviser Neil Patel. His tenure with CNN ended in 2005, just months after a heated on-air exchange with Daily Show host Jon Stewart.

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