The conservative firebrand Tucker Carlson was let go from Fox News on Monday, but his remarks from the weekend at The Heritage Foundation’s 50th-anniversary dinner outside of Washington, D.C., were prescient.
There is a “heavy price” to be paid for exposing the truth, Carlson said at the Friday night event in National Harbor, Maryland, but it is liberating and powerful to do so.
With over 3 million viewers every night in March, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” was clearly Fox News’ most popular show; thus, the news of Carlson’s departure was shocking.
It also shocked Carlson, who had said at the close of his Friday broadcast, “We’ll be back Monday.”
It’s been reported that Rupert Murdoch, chairman of Fox Corp., personally decided to terminate Tucker Carlson.
In a recent lawsuit, former Fox News producer Abby Grossberg accused Tucker Carlson and the network of discrimination, and according to sources, this infuriated Murdoch.
When Carlson questioned the possible involvement of federal law enforcement agencies in the Capitol incursion on January 6, 2021, Murdoch was not pleased.
Carlson said the truth spreads like wildfire but cautioned that there is often a high cost to speaking the truth during his Friday night Heritage address.
He claimed, “The more you lie, the weaker and more terrified you become.”
Carlson has often said things on the broadcast that others would not, which may have contributed to Fox canceling his show.
The president of the Heritage Foundation, Kevin Roberts, said to Carlson during an on-stage interview following Carlson’s address on Friday night, “If things go south at Fox News, we have a place for you at Heritage.”
Carlson answered, “You saved me before.”
According to The Daily Signal, a news site run by The Heritage Foundation, Roberts publicly reiterated the offer to hire Carlson on Monday.
Roberts told Tucker, “You’ll always have a place here.”