Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson made his first public remarks since being fired from Fox News this week in response to a report about Biden administration officials in the Pentagon cheering his ouster.
Carlson regularly hit the U.S. military under President Joe Biden’s leadership for focusing on woke initiatives instead of focusing on being the most lethal fighting force on the planet.
“We’re a better country without him bagging on our military every night in front of hundreds of thousands of people,” one senior DOD official told POLITICO. The official claimed that Carlson “made a mockery” of the free press and “repeatedly cherry-picked department policies and used them to destroy DOD as an institution.”
A second DOD official added, “Good riddance.”
Carlson responded to a request for comment from the publication about Defense Department officials being happy about his departure from Fox, replying in a text message: “Ha! I’m sure.”
Fox News’ decision to part ways with Carlson on Monday sent shockwaves throughout the media landscape.
“FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways,” Fox News said in statement. “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” the statement continued. “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.”
The Wall Street Journal — which is owned by the Murdoch family through its parent company News Corp. — reported that what led to his ouster at the network was his alleged open disdain for some of the executives at the company.
The company’s lawyers told Carlson as they prepared to go to trial with Dominion that they had persuaded the court to redact from legal documents an instance of when he called a senior Fox News executive a “c***” in a private message, the report said. Carlson allegedly told colleagues at the network that he wanted the world to know what he said about the executive.
The report said that his “famously combative stance toward members of Fox News management and other colleagues caught up with him,” as his friend Lachlan Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch’s son and CEO of Fox Corp., made the decision with Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott to let Carlson go from the network.
The report said that Carlson’s “disregard for management and colleagues were a major factor in that decision” and that there was concern that if the redacted material in the Dominion court documents ever got out that it could cause further embarrassment for the company.