In an interview with Newsmax’s Greg Kelly Monday night, former President Donald Trump responded to recent news that Tucker Carlson is no longer working at Fox News.
Kelly asked for Trump’s comments on the matter. “So, Tucker Carlson was sitting here two weeks ago, interviewing you. He’s gone [from Fox News]. What do you make of that?”
Trump was “shocked” such a “terrific” news personality like Carlson would be ousted by Fox. “Well, I’m shocked. I’m surprised. He’s a very good person, a very good man, and very talented, as you know, and he had very high ratings. So we’re just learning about it almost as we speak.”
“That’s a big one. I don’t know if it was voluntary or was it somebody fired but I think Tucker’s been terrific. He’s been, especially over the last year or so, he’s been terrific to me,” the former president added.
“There’s a lot of turmoil over there Fox…Why would they get rid of a guy who’s performing? Why would somebody do that to their business,” Kelly replied.
🚨President Trump reacts to Fox News firing Tucker Carlson: "I'm shocked. I’m surprised. He’s a very good person and very good man and very talented." pic.twitter.com/0UiRMQ6wb9
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On Monday morning Fox News released a statement announcing Carlson’s departure:
NEW YORK — April 24, 2023 — FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways. We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor.
Mr. Carlson’s last program was Friday April 21st. Fox News Tonight will air live at 8 PM/ET starting this evening as an interim show helmed by rotating FOX News personalities until a new host is named.
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