Fox News claims former star host Tucker Carlson breached his contract: Axios

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Tucker Carlson has announced that he will be creating content on Twitter.AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File

  • Fox News informed Tucker Carlson’s attorneys that he had terminated his contract with his new Twitter show, per Axios.

  • Carlson was ousted from Fox News in late April following the network’s record settlement with Dominion.

  • Carlson’s attorney argues that Fox News is infringing on Carlson’s free speech.

Fox News informed attorneys for Tucker Carlson on Wednesday that the former star host breached his contract on Tuesday by launching a new streaming show on Twitter, according to a report from Axios.

Carlson posted a 10-minute monologue video on Twitter on Tuesday, nearly a month after announcing he would be launching a show on the platform.

Shortly after, according to Axios, Fox News’ general counsel sent a letter to Carlson’s attorney saying he was in breach of contract, setting up a potential lawsuit.

“Per the terms of the agreement, ‘Mr. Carlson’s services will be entirely exclusive to Fox,'” network general counsel Bernar Gugar wrote, according to the letter seen by Axios.

A former star primetime host of Fox News, Carlson was pulled from the air on April 24 this year – less than a week after Fox News settled a defamation lawsuit brought by Dominion Voting Systems for a record $500. $787.5 million.

Since Carlson’s ousting, there has been speculation over why he was dumped – and the apparent leak of embarrassing messages that were redacted in the Dominion lawsuit – and a row between the two sides over the Carlson’s contract, which runs until January 2025.

Fox News would like to continue paying Carlson until then and get him off the rival airwaves.

Carlson, for his part, was already preparing for possible legal action. In early May, Carlson’s attorney accused Fox News of breach of contract and fraud in a letter sent to Fox ahead of his announcement that he would be bringing his show to Twitter.

“Fox is defending its very existence on free speech grounds,” Bryan Freedman, Carlson’s attorney, told Axios. “Now they want to take away Tucker Carlson’s right to speak freely because he’s taken to social media to share his thoughts on current events.”

Neither Fox News nor Carlson’s attorney immediately responded to a request for comment.

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