Tuesday thread: Tucker Carlson forced out at Fox
Lots of theories on what happened, but a big clue: his out gay senior executive producer, Justin Wells, who I exposed here in November, was fired as well.
Yesterday’s news was a media bombshell, and it was most welcome by those of us standing against hate and extremism: Tucker Carlson was abruptly fired by Fox, as he was reportedly told on the phone on Monday morning. No reason was given to him or alluded to in Fox’s public statement.
Coming just days after the Dominion-Fox settlement of Dominion’s defamation suit, in which Fox paid out $800 million, it wasn’t difficult to deduce that this was fallout from the lawsuit.
But was it directly a result of the lawsuit that the Murdochs wanted to clean up Fox, worried about more lawsuits and shareholder anger? Was it the result of text messages filed during discovery that we didn’t see—which is actually most of the text messages filed—in which Carlson may have said some vile things about executives that they couldn’t stomach?
Or was it tied to a former Fox employee, Abby Grossberg, as some outlets reported, who filed suit against Fox in March, claiming she was coerced by Fox attorneys to lie in her deposition in the Dominion case and that she experienced a hostile environment of sexual harassment while working on Carlson’s program?
In my opinion, the answers seem to lie in the fact that Justin Wells, Carlson’s senior executive producer and Vice President of Tucker Carlson Digital Product, was also fired.
You’ll recall that I wrote a piece here in November that dropped the bomb that Wells, the man behind Carlson and his anti-LGBTQ hate, is himself a gay man—and one who wasn’t closeted yet had simply been hiding in plain sight.
I think how Fox as well as Carlson’s and Wells’ defenders responded to my story—including Donald Trump Jr. and Richard Grenell, who both attacked me on Twitter but then completely disappeared—also offers a clue.