Tucker gets personal about Fox News, reveals what he’ll ‘never’ do again, in sit-down with Barstool Sports founder

Tucker Carlson said Fox News is “run by fearful women” and revealed to Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy that he made a vow to himself after the network fired him — one he intends to keep.

Portnoy joined Carlson for “Episode 21” of the newly renamed “Tucker on X,” and 40 minutes, 38 seconds into the interview, Portnoy turned the tables on the conservative icon and began asking the questions.

“Now let me ask you this. Before the Fox unwinding–” Portnoy, who was a frequent guest on Carlson’s Fox News show, began.

“You mean I got fired,” Carlson candidly interjected.

“Yes,” Portnoy replied, as Carlson erupted with his instantly recognizable laugh. “Did you think– like, were you an ardent ‘Go Fox, Go’ guy?”

The shocking dismissal of Carlson from Fox News clearly hasn’t made the former host bitter, but it has made him wise.

“My view on Fox hasn’t really changed. They let me say whatever I want, whatever I wanted really for 14 years and I’ll never stop being grateful for that,” he replied. “And then obviously, I said too much. And I’m not exactly sure what I said that was bad. No one ever told me. But one day, they were like, ‘Nope! Can’t have this anymore.’ And they fired me.”

“And I even told them as they were firing me, like, ‘It’s your business,'” Carlson continued. “I made a mental note: Never work for anyone else again, and I never will.”

“But I can’t be mad about it,” he reasoned. “I mean, they were great to me. The Murdochs were always nice to me and one day, for whatever reason they had enough. So, I wasn’t– my feelings weren’t hurt. I was not expecting it!”

Portnoy pressed Carlson on whether Fox truly did allow him to speak his mind freely.

“Did you feel like at Fox you could say whatever you want?” he asked.

Carlson reiterated that the Murdochs, who retain a controlling interest in Fox Corporation which owns Fox News, were not the problem — it was the people who actually ran the network who lacked a backbone.

“Well, there was always internal– I mean, the Murdochs were always nice. They never got in my way at all. They were always super nice to me,” he said. “But there were, you know, small-mind– It’s a company run by fearful women. You know what I mean? And there were always like, you know, second-tier people who were hassling my producers. But no one ever called me. I got along with everybody, but I mean, I think they knew like, the censorship, don’t welcome that. You know? So, but they never actually got in the way of anything.”

Carlson said his show’s view on the war in Ukraine “was really, really hated.”

“I could feel it,” he recalled.

While the host dismissed the notion that he was “pro-Russia,” he was outspoken in his belief that the Russia-Ukraine conflict was “not good for us” and should end.

“And just saying that was considered, like, crazy pro-Kremlin propaganda, and they were very mad about that,” he explained. “But, to their credit, they never said anything to me about it directly. I could just smell it.”

“So I really just don’t have any complaints,” he added.

“[B]eing humiliated in public, being fired — I have been a couple of times — is totally good for you in the end,” Carlson said, “because it keeps you from thinking you’re Jesus or like, getting, like, ‘super crazy hubris guy,’ you know?”

You can catch Carlson’s complete interview with Portnoy below:


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