- In a new interview, Tucker Carlson said that he wasn’t “mad” about his April firing from Fox News.
- Carlson told the actor Russell Brand that he didn’t know why he was fired from the network.
- Carlson was let go shortly after Fox News reached a settlement with Dominion Voting Systems in the company’s defamation lawsuit.
Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Friday said he wished his former employer well after being fired by the network in April, adding that he wasn’t “angry” about the termination.
During an interview with the actor Russell Brand on the podcast “Stay Free,” Carlson — who was let go shortly after Fox News reached a blockbuster $787 million settlement with Dominion Voting System in the voting machine company’s defamation lawsuit over the network’s coverage of unsubstantiated claims regarding the 2020 presidential election — said that he wasn’t “mad” about the situation.
“This is not the first time I’ve been fired,” Carlson told Brand. “And I think in our business, when you work for a big company in the media and you know, you say what you think, there’s an expectation that you could get fired.
“I’ve always had that, and I’ve always tried to take the long view, not just on media, but on life,” he continued. “I was surprised. I didn’t expect to get fired that morning at all in April. So I was shocked, but I wasn’t really shocked and I wasn’t mad. It’s not my company.”
Carlson — who previously served as a host on CNN and MSNBC before landing at Fox News in 2009 — remarked that working for another individual meant that the terms of his employment didn’t rest in his hands.
“When you work for someone else, that person reserves the right, and in fact has inherently the right to decide whether you work there or not,” he said.
Carlson then said that while he was unaware of why he was canned by Fox News, he wasn’t “angry” about the situation.
“I don’t know why I was fired — I really don’t. I’m not angry about it,” he told Brand. “You can believe me or not, but I think you can feel that I’m not. And you know, I wish Fox well.”
From November 2016 to April 2023, Carlson hosted the program “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which throughout its tenure was lauded by conservatives and was one of the highest-rated primetime shows on cable television.