What Tucker Carlson's departure means for Fox News

What will the network do without its highest-rated host?

Tucker Carlson
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Tucker Carlson is no longer with Fox News, after both sides agreed to "part ways," the network announced on April 24. This came as a shock to many, who thought Carlson's popularity as the highest-rated cable news host and revenue generation — his show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, brought in $77.5 million in 2022 — were more than enough to keep him at Fox News for years to come.

Carlson, 53, arrived at Fox News in 2009, after co-hosting Crossfire on CNN and his own show, Tucker, on MSNBC. When Bill O'Reilly was fired in 2017 due to sexual harassment allegations, Carlson took his 8 p.m. time slot, using Tucker Carlson Tonight to discuss current events through his conservative lens. During his tenure, Carlson rode out several controversies, including an advertiser boycott in 2018 after he said immigration is making the United States "dirtier" and backlash to his frequent promotion of the baseless "Great Replacement" theory.

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