Fox News finished the job this week when it fired all of the staffers from former anchor Tucker Carlson’s show who still remained with the company.
A former producer for Fox News told the Daily Caller earlier this week that the media network fired at least nine of the staffers who were still remaining. That included a producer who had been with the company for quite some time. The source said the firings were “shockingly callous.”
The source said:
“Some of the producers fired have been at Fox for well over a decade.”
Another former producer at the network spoke with the Daily Caller and said these exact members of the team on Carlson’s show were told repeatedly after Carlson was fired that their own jobs were safe. This source said that happened as recently as last week after two of the former anchor’s producers ended up leaving the network.
The staffers who were still on payroll were told that they would be able to apply for any other job throughout the large company. Employees who at one point in time staffed the shows for Dan Bongino and Bill O’Reilly were reassigned to other Fox News shows once their hosts departed from the network.
The Carlson staffers, though, told this former producer that their terminations were clearly an “anti-Tucker move to purge any of his remaining stamp he had on the network as Fox begins this new lineup change.”
The announcement of all these firings comes not long after the network announced that the 8 p.m. time slot that Carlson previously occupied will now be filled by Jesse Watters.
Fox News issued a press release this week to make that announcement. Watters got his start at Fox News as the host of a “Man on the Street” segment on Bill O’Reilly’s show, which, ironically, aired during the 8 p.m. time slot.
In related moves, Laura Ingraham will move to the 7 p.m. time slot, and Greg Gutfeld will take over the 10 p.m. time slot. The 9 p.m. time slot will continue to be manned by Sean Hannity.
Two months ago, Fox News suddenly announced they would be parting ways with Carlson. That announcement came only a few days after Fox News announced it had come to a settlement agreement with Dominion Voting Systems over the billion-dollar defamation lawsuit that was filed against the network.
Carlson’s firing also came a few days after Fox News said Dan Bongino would no longer be with the network, either.
In the months since, Carlson started hosting a show on social media platform Twitter. That has prompted a major legal battle between Carlson and his former employer, as Fox News says he’s still under contract with them until the end of 2024.
Earlier in June, Fox News sent a “cease and desist” order to Carlson that accused him of breaching his contract because he was violating the non-compete clause.