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Tucker Carlson breaks silence after leaving Fox News

Tucker Carlson has spoken publicly for the primary time since leaving Fox News, calling TV debates “stupid” and hitting out at “liars” who he mentioned have been attempting to silence “honest people”.

Posting a two-minute video on his official Twitter feed titled “Good evening”, the 53-year-old host didn’t immediately point out the rationale for his abrupt exit from Fox News, simply days in the past.

His departure got here lower than every week after father or mother firm Fox Corp agreed to pay $787.5m (£631m) to Dominion Voting Systems to avert a defamation trial.

In his video monologue, Carlson mentioned he was addressing “things you notice when you take a little time off”, together with “how unbelievably stupid most of the debates you see on television are”.

He mentioned: “They’re completely irrelevant. They mean nothing. In five years we won’t even remember we heard them. Trust me, as somebody who participated.”

He went on: “But when honest people say what’s true, calmly and without embarrassment, they become powerful.

“At the identical time, the liars who’ve been attempting to silence them shrink, they usually grow to be weaker.”

He also claimed that debates about “massive subjects, those that may outline our futures” like “conflict, civil liberties, rising science, demographic change, company energy, pure assets” are “not permitted in American media”.

Previously Fox News’ hottest host, Carlson usually drew greater than three million viewers to his nightly present.

Fox News introduced he could be leaving the community on Tuesday, and mentioned rotating Fox News personalities could be helming the interim present till a brand new host was named.

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While Fox has not defined why they “agreed to part ways” with Carlson, the authorized battle between the community and Dominion Voting Systems had led to the publication of messages that publicly aired Carlson’s personal views about Donald Trump and his colleagues at Fox.

Carlson would have been anticipated to testify if the dispute had gone to trial.

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Carlson, who labored at each CNN and MSNBC earlier in his profession, changed Bill O’Reilly in Fox’s prime-time line-up in 2016. He rapidly established himself as a key participant within the community, and an influential voice in Republican politics.

He has usually drawn controversy for incendiary statements about race, LGBTQ rights and different subjects, and earlier this yr Carlson got here beneath hearth from Republicans when he described the lethal riots on the US capitol on 6 January 2021 as “mostly peaceful chaos”.

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