Fox News has reportedly put $20 million on the table for Tucker Carlson to remain sidelined through the 2024 election season.
Even with all that money on the table, for literally sitting home and doing nothing, Carlson wants his freedom from Fox News.
Carlson has retained attorney Bryan Freedman to negotiate with Fox News, calling the idea that Carlson will be silenced as “beyond preposterous,” reports Breitbart.
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According to Axios, which was the first outlet to break the story, Carlson is already getting his ducks lined up. He has reportedly been talking to Elon Musk about backing a new outlet.
Carlson gave a prelude of the stories that he would probably do if he got an independent gig.
In a video address after the firing, he told his fans, “And yet at the same time, the undeniably big topics, the ones that will define our future, get virtually no discussion at all. War, civil liberties, emerging science, demographic change, corporate power, natural resources. When was the last time you heard a legitimate debate about any of those issues?”
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— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) April 27, 2023
Fox’s ratings have plummeted since Carlson was taken off the air, shedding almost 1.5 million viewers, on average, from those that watched Tucker.
The show averaged about three million viewers when Tucker was behind the desk, but the first week without Tucker was only about 1.65 million.
I bring that up because that will surely impact how Fox News negotiates the release of Carlson.
A Tucker ally stated, “Now, we’re going from peacetime to Defcon 1. His team is preparing for war. He wants his freedom.”
I don’t know what tricks Tucker has up his sleeve, but it sure sounds like he is locked and loaded.