On Monday, former NFL quarterback Brett Favre called for a boycott of Fox News following the recent firing of Tucker Carlson from the network. Favre, who is known for his conservative views, expressed his support for Carlson in a social media post and urged others to join him in boycotting the network.
Favre’s call to action comes after former Fox News host Megyn Kelly made comments on her podcast, suggesting that the network was trying to silence Carlson in an effort to rebuild its audience. Kelly claimed that Fox News was relying on the loyalty of its viewers to keep them tuned in, even in the face of controversy.
“You’re not going to go to digital media. You’re going to tune in to the Fox News primetime,” Kelly said.
“You black dogs. It’s what you always do. It’s how they have billions. That’s what’s happening here. Keep him silent on the sidelines for as long as possible, unable to use his voice on any of these things, on Fox, on politics, on anything. And we will win in the end, like we always do.”
Favre echoed Kelly’s sentiments, saying that Fox News needed to let Carlson speak and that viewers should hold the network accountable by boycotting it until they do. He urged his followers to turn to alternative sources for their news, rather than returning to Fox News out of habit. Favre tweeted, “I’m with Tucker. Time to boycott Fox until they come to their senses and let the man speak.”
I’m with Tucker. Time to boycott Fox until they come to their senses and let the man speak. pic.twitter.com/dvrNlLdvgW
— Brett Favre (@BrettFavre) May 8, 2023
Kelly, a former host at the network, has been extremely critical of Fox since Tucker’s release.
Last week Kelly reported that Fox lost around two-thirds of its audience, including a 39% decrease in viewership during the 9 p.m. Hannity show and a 24% decrease in the key demographic during the 10 p.m. hour. The drop in ratings has hit the network’s prime time programming, which is their primary source of revenue.
Even the 11 p.m. hour saw a decrease in viewership.