Tucker Carlson “is aware of” he was fired by Fox Information in April as a situation of the $787.5m settlement with Dominion Voting Programs concerning the published of Donald Trump’s lie about election fraud, the previous host says in a brand new e-book.
“They agreed to take me off the air, my showcase the air, as a situation of the Dominion settlement,” Carlson tells his biographer, Chadwick Moore. “They needed to settle this; Rupert [Murdoch, the 92-year-old Fox News owner] couldn’t testify. I believe that deal was made minutes earlier than the trial began.
“I imply, I do know it was.”
In accordance to its writer, All Seasons Press, Moore’s e-book – known as Tucker – is predicated on “tons of of hours interviews with Carlson, his household, colleagues, acquaintances and enemies”. It will likely be revealed within the US on 1 August. The Guardian obtained a replica.
Earlier than being taken off air by Fox Information in April, Carlson was the dominant drive within the community’s primetime lineup, producing controversy and scores with far-right views, aggressively expressed.
He has since begun broadcasting on Twitter, stoking a face-off with Fox, to which he stays underneath contract.
Dominion denies that Carlson was fired – a characterization he resists, saying he was merely taken off air – as a part of the settlement of its defamation swimsuit.
Moore prints the corporate’s denial, saying a Dominion legal professional “needed to clarify personally that Dominion made no requests or calls for in anyway concerning Mr Carlson’s employment with Fox or his look, or non-appearance, on Fox Information”.
Fox Information has additionally “categorically” denied that Carlson was eliminated in reference to the Dominion case. A spokesperson didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Moore has mentioned Carlson’s view of his departure from Fox in appearances on rightwing media. Carlson’s personal phrases on the matter haven’t been beforehand seen.
In interviews with Moore, Carlson denies making libelous claims about Dominion. He additionally describes the decision he obtained on 24 April, telling his time on Fox was over.
Carlson says he thought Suzanne Scott, the Fox Information chief govt, was calling to congratulate him on the sixth anniversary of his transfer to the 8pm prime-time slot.
“I used to be first confused, after which shocked,” he says. “It was simply, ‘We’re taking you off the air.’ No reason, and so they’ve let me guess ever since. That’s actually all I do know. I requested if I violated my contract. They stated, no, I’m not fired, I’m nonetheless underneath contract.”
Carlson additionally says stress from political leaders in Washington could have contributed to his being “canceled”.
Requested if he thinks his feedback in regards to the Russian invasion of Ukraine may need contributed to his elimination, he says Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch “undoubtedly didn’t like my views” however provides that Lachlan, the co-chair of Information Corp, instructed him it was nice they disagreed.
On the web page, Carlson, who’s extensively accused of being pro-Russian, calls Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the president of Ukraine, a “monster” – however insists “the Murdochs have been nice about Ukraine”.
Carlson does, nevertheless, complain to Moore about “assaults” by Fox by the US media. Amongst such assaults is a New York Instances report a few textual content message during which Carlson used allegedly racist language whereas discussing violence at protests for racial justice, saying footage of Trump supporters beating an “Antifa child” was “not how white males battle”.
Final month, a former producer on Carlson’s present, Abby Grossberg, reached a $12m settlement with Fox after suing for gender discrimination and alleging community attorneys pressured her to make deceptive statements within the Dominion case.
Fox faces different defamation fits, over the broadcast of Trump’s lies in regards to the 2020 election, from a former authorities disinformation knowledgeable and over Carlson’s claims in regards to the January 6 assault on Congress.