As the dust settles after Tucker Carlson’s departure from Fox News, the residents of Bryant Pond, Maine, have taken the opportunity to share their thoughts on the former host, painting a different picture from the on-screen persona that many viewers associate with him.
Neil Olsen, a 75-year-old local, described Carlson as “one of the most down-to-earth people I’ve ever met who was so-called famous.” He shared a personal anecdote about fishing and trapping with the former host, emphasizing that anyone who spent time with Carlson would likely find him likable.
Other Bryant Pond residents echoed Olsen’s sentiments. Susan Hatstat, a 37-year-old convenience store employee, called Carlson “just a really good guy, always super polite.” She added that he doesn’t act like a celebrity and is kind to everyone.
Olsen recounted a conversation he had with Carlson about religion, where the former host expressed a belief in something special, which, for him, is God. This open-minded approach to faith struck a chord with Olsen, who said he would live by that philosophy for the rest of his life.
When Carlson invited Olsen and his family to watch a show at his studio, even Olsen’s daughter, who was not initially a fan, came to see him as a genuinely nice person despite their political differences.
Patrick Feeney, a carpenter who looks after Carlson’s property, called him “very generous, very honest — super honest. Wouldn’t do anything dishonest.” He also noted that Carlson didn’t seem upset or nervous on the day he was fired, suggesting that it wouldn’t be a major stumbling block in his life.
The Bangor Daily News perhaps summed up Carlson’s place in the Maine community best with their headline announcing his Fox News departure: “Maine man loses television job.” The sentiment expressed by his neighbors paints a picture of a man who is grounded, friendly, and far more complex than his on-air persona might suggest.