U.S. conservative firebrand Tucker Carlson is about to maneuver his present to Twitter following an surprising departure as a Fox Information host.
Carlson Tuesday mentioned he met with platform proprietor Elon Musk with the intention of working collectively.
He was till final month the best-known identify on Fox’s presenting roster, internet hosting a primetime night present that gained fierce loyalty among the many broadcaster’s right-wing viewers.
In a video posted on Twitter, Carlson ripped mainstream media after which concluded with the information that he’ll host a present on the platform.
“Amazingly, as of tonight, there aren’t many platforms left that permit free speech. The final massive one remaining on the planet. The one one is Twitter. The place we are actually,” Carlson mentioned.
“Beginning quickly, we’ll be bringing a brand new model of the present we have been doing for the final six and a half years to Twitter,” he added.
Railing in opposition to the whole lot from immigration insurance policies to gun controls, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” pilloried liberal tendencies in trendy America, interesting to viewers’ outrage and propelling the present to the heights of cable tv.
Carlson interviewed Musk on Fox simply days earlier than his firing, which got here after the outlet paid an enormous settlement to finish a defamation case during which the host performed a component.
Since taking on Twitter late final yr, Musk has made efforts to make the platform a welcome place for arch-conservatives, reinstating hundreds of accounts that had been suspended for hateful language and different content material violations.
The transfer rattled main advertisers and Musk is now trying to find new income streams at Twitter and has pushed subscriptions as the principle various.
Carlson’s Fox present additionally had issues with advertisers and advert income was not commensurate with the dimensions of its viewers.
Information web site Axios reported that Carlson and Musk not too long ago had a dialog about working collectively, however did not talk about specifics.
Media studies additionally mentioned that Carlson is getting ready a significant authorized struggle in opposition to Fox, which is owned by media baron Rupert Murdoch and his son Lachlan.