Independent journalist Megyn Kelly reacted strongly to the rumor of Fox News allegedly having an “oppo file” on Tucker Carlson, a claim put forth by leftist Rolling Stone magazine that is denied by the network, calling it a bad way to win back an already alienated audience.
“1. If true, this would hurt Fox in the public eye as badly as it would hurt Tucker. 2. Not exactly the way to win back his very P.O.’d audience,” she tweeted.
Rolling Stone, which is arguably not the most reliable news source, claimed on Tuesday that the network has the file and is willing to weaponize it against Tucker Carlson if he dares to trash the network after they reportedly terminated him. A claim, by the way, that Megyn Kelly says is not accurate. She claims that Carlson has not been fired and that he is working out a departure deal with Fox News.
Fox News unexpectedly announced that Carlson was off the air on the network on Monday morning. It came as a major shock to conservatives because he was their biggest draw and arguably the loudest conservative voice in the nation. Carlson has allegedly not been told why he was nixed at Fox News, according to Kelly.
1. If true, this would hurt Fox in the public eye as badly as it would hurt Tucker.
2. Not exactly the way to win back his very P.O.’d audience. https://t.co/sCv01eJ5ER
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) April 26, 2023
(Video Credit: Megyn Kelly)
There are conflicting reports everywhere on Carlson’s departure from Fox News. Most contend that he was fired outright but Kelly was an anchor at the network and has contacts there that few others have. His exit occurred after Fox News agreed to pay almost $800 million to Dominion Voting Sytems and a very convenient lawsuit was filed by a former Carlson producer who is alleging sexual harassment and discrimination at the network.
Rolling Stone is claiming it has eight unnamed sources contending that Fox “has assembled damaging information about Carlson. One source with knowledge calls it an ‘oppo file.’ Two sources add that Fox is prepared to disclose some of its contents if execs suspect that Carlson is coming after the network.”
That assertion leads to the belief that the file (if it even exists which is highly in doubt) may be a beefed-up personnel file like those kept by most companies that note incidents and employee transgressions. The left is praying that it contains enough dirt to sink both Carlson and Fox News.
It’s @RollingStone. They have a vested interest in ruining both Tucker and Fox. @FoxNews @TuckerCarlson
— JilliBee (@Jill992004231) April 26, 2023
“The file includes internal complaints regarding workplace conduct, disparaging comments about management and colleagues, and allegations that the now-former primetime host created a toxic work environment, three of the sources say,” RollingStone dubiously claims.
“This is patently absurd and categorically false,” a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement given to Rolling Stone. “We thank Tucker for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor.”
(Video Credit: Fox News)
At the time of Carlson’s departure, it is reported that he was making in the neighborhood of $20 million a year. He is under contract which may keep him from going to another network using a non-disclosure agreement to handcuff and silence him. He still had about a year left on his contract, The Desk reported late Monday evening.
However, when negotiations are done concerning his leaving Fox News, Carlson could form his own network or do a Rogan-nesque subscription podcast, and still pull in millions. He is the most popular conservative out there and Fox News and the left will be unable to squelch his voice for long.
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