According to reports, Tucker Carlson has allegedly received a cease-and-desist letter from his former employer, Fox News, regarding his new Twitter show that was launched last week.
Tucker Carlson’s show was reportedly removed from the Fox lineup before it was officially announced that he had parted ways with the news organization.
Carlson left Fox News in late April. This departure followed the network’s decision to settle a defamation lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems for nearly $800 million, thereby avoiding a potentially significant trial.
Reportedly, Fox attorneys have sent a letter to Tucker Carlson, highlighting the fact that he is still under contract with the network until the end of next year.
On Twitter, Harmeet Dhillon, who is representing Tucker Carlson, made it clear that Carlson will not be intimidated, saying, “My friend and client Tucker Carlson will not be silenced — by the far left or by Fox News.”
Dhillon said, “Fox News continues to ignore the interests of its viewers, not to mention its shareholder obligations. Doubling down on the most catastrophic programming decision in the history of the cable news industry, Fox is now demanding that Tucker Carlson be silent until after the 2024 election.”
Fox News has yet to comment on the matter.
JUST IN: Fox News has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Tucker Carlson after he released the 2nd episode of his new show on Twitter.
Fox News is showing their true agenda: Put a muzzle on Tucker before the 2024 election.
Tucker doesn’t seem to care about the letter considering… pic.twitter.com/MiTOkWVFx3
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) June 12, 2023
Exclusivity provisions are commonly included in talent agreements to restrict or prohibit prominent personalities from appearing on other networks and platforms.
As Fox News’s leading personality, Tucker Carlson’s recent Twitter show achieved over 100 million views, as per Twitter analytics. It has outpaced Fox in terms of viewership during the same time slot.
Carlson launched his new show, “Tucker on Twitter,” on June 6.
According to Carlson’s producer, the next episode of “Tucker on Twitter” will focus on the federal indictment of former President Donald Trump. The episode is scheduled to premiere on Tuesday and coincides with Trump’s arraignment in federal court in Miami on the same day.
Since Carlson’s departure, Fox has experienced declining ratings in the 8 p.m. programming block that he used to occupy. The network now faces competition from emerging right-wing news sources like One America News Network (OANN) and Newsmax.