Fox Accuses Tucker of Breaching His Contract With New Twitter Show

Sarah Merly | June 8, 2023
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After TV host Tucker Carlson’s surprise firing from Fox News in April, the network is now accusing Carlson of breaching his contract after the popular host launched a new show exclusively on Twitter.

In the first episode of his new show "Tucker on Twitter" posted Tuesday, the former Fox News host discussed the falsity of the mainstream media’s narrative about Ukraine, then used that as a segue into the relationship between freedom of speech and the fate of the country. Since its airing, the episode has gained over 104 million views.

But Fox News isn't happy that the host they fired has gone on to launch a competing program. The network’s general counsel, Bernard Gugar, sent a letter to Carlson’s lawyers claiming that Carlson’s contract, which expires in January 2025, forbids him “from rendering services of any type whatsoever, whether ‘over the internet via streaming or similar distribution, or other digital distribution whether now known or hereafter devised.’”

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"Tucker" on Twitter, Gugar concludes, is a violation of Carlson’s contract. But Carlson's team disagrees.

“Fox defends its very existence on freedom of speech grounds,” says Carlson’s attorney, Bryan Freedman. “Now they want to take Tucker Carlson’s right to speak freely away from him because he took to social media to share his thoughts on current events.”

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