Tucker Carlson departing Fox News was “the story” of the day on Monday, yet there was little mention of the bombshell development on the network itself. As for those who did mention Carlson, leave it to Greg Gutfeld to stand out in the crowd.
While the left celebrated and corporate media claimed Carlson was pushed out by Rupert Murdoch, in effect fired, Fox News commented on the story just three times, according to Mediaite — there was at least one other mention the outlet did not report on, coming from Brian Kilmeade as he filled the 8 p.m. time slot Carlson would have otherwise filled.
The first mention came as the news broke, with Fox News host Harris Faulkner telling viewers the network and Carlson “mutually agreed to part ways.”
Carlson was next mentioned on “The Five” as reported by Mediaite when co-host Greg Gutfeld cracked a joke about the now-former Fox News host running for president during a discussion about President Joe Biden running for reelection.
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Co-host Jason Chaffetz chimed in to say Biden is not the answer for Democrats and referenced Monday’s announcement that White House adviser Susan Rice was stepping down to predict that Biden will bow out later in the year and that the former Obama lieutenant could enter the 2024 Democratic presidential primary.
“And then so in 2024, it’ll be Susan Rice versus Tucker Carlson,” Gutfeld interjected.
“Ok, up next…,” cohost Jeanine Pirro said, without missing a beat.
Host Sean Hannity made a brief remark during his 9 p.m. show while talking about CNN firing Don Lemon on Monday.
“We’re not talking about Tucker,” Hannity said. “I don’t really have any details on it. But he had a massive audience and has a huge following. This guy had nobody.”
Kilmeade opened the revamped 8 p.m. program by saying, “As you probably have heard, Fox News and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways. I wish Tucker the best. I’m great friends with Tucker and always will be. But right now, it’s time for ‘Fox News Tonight,’ so let’s get started.”
As for the Tucker Carlson for President talk, Gutfeld had plenty of company as people delved into the possibilities that may await the suddenly unemployed former host.
Among those who mentioned it were talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and Pedro Gonzalez, politics editor for Chronicles Magazine.
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