In a surprising turn of events, former Fox News host Tucker Carlson has parted ways with the network. While the details surrounding his departure remain unclear, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on the impact and accomplishments of his career thus far.
Carlson first made a name for himself as a contributor to Fox News in 2009, eventually co-hosting “Fox & Friends Weekend” from 2012 to 2016. He then went on to host his own show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which aired its final episode on April 21. The interim program, “Fox News Tonight,” will feature a rotation of Fox News personalities until a permanent replacement is found.
Throughout his tenure at Fox News, Carlson established himself as a leading conservative voice, attracting millions of viewers and consistently topping cable news ratings. In fact, in 2021, his show averaged an impressive 3.32 million viewers, securing the largest audience in cable news among the coveted 25-54 demographic.
Before joining Fox News, Carlson’s career included hosting roles at MSNBC from 2005-2008, as well as appearances on CNN earlier in his career. He also founded the political news website The Daily Caller in 2010, later selling his stake in 2020.
While Carlson’s departure comes on the heels of Fox News settling a defamation lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems for $787.5 million, it’s unclear if there is any connection between the two events. Regardless, Carlson’s influence on the conservative media landscape is undeniable, and his departure from Fox News leaves a significant void in the lineup.
As we await news of Carlson’s next move, it’s important to recognize the role he played in shaping political discourse over the past decade. Whether you agreed with his views or not, there’s no denying that Tucker Carlson has left an indelible mark on the conservative media landscape, and his absence will surely be felt.