May 19, 2024

Fox News asks Tucker Carlson to stop posting videos on Twitter immediately but Carlson’s Lawyers Accuse Network of Neglecting Viewer Interests and Shareholder Responsibilities

From left: HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 17: Tucker Carlson speaks during 2022 FOX Nation Patriot Awards at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood on November 17, 2022 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images) BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Rupert Murdoch attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Fox News has sent Tucker Carlson a cease-and-desist letter to stop posting videos online, as he intensifies his efforts to launch a competing series on Twitter that has already garnered nearly 200 million views for its first two episodes.

However, Harmeet Dhillon, one of Carlson’s lawyers, alongside Bryan Freedman, issued a statement expressing their dissatisfaction with Fox News’ actions. “Fox News continues to ignore the interests of its viewers, not to mention its shareholder obligations,” the statement said.

The statement further criticized Fox’s demand for Carlson’s silence until after the 2024 election, emphasizing that Carlson will not allow himself to be silenced as he plays a pivotal role in discussing matters of public interest in the country.

Fox News argued that while it continues to compensate Carlson, his contract restricts him from sharing his content exclusively on Fox until December 31, 2024. Carlson, however, maintains a First Amendment defense for his Twitter posts and asserts that Fox has breached his contract in significant ways.

The letter from Fox News was sent to Tucker Carlson’s lawyers, according to several reports on Monday morning.

Late last week. Justin Wells, Carlson’s executive producer, announced the upcoming episode of “Tucker on Twitter,” stating, “Next Episode of Tucker on Twitter coming Tuesday: Tucker’s response to the indictment of President Donald Trump.”

As Carlson and his expanding production team work on establishing Elon Musk’s social media platform as a news hub through “Tucker on Twitter,” tensions arise between Fox and its former top host, who was removed from the airwaves in April and believe to be as a result of the network’s notable settlement with Dominion.

Behind the scenes, Carlson’s initial two episodes on Twitter consisted of direct-to-camera monologues. However, he plans to evolve the format by incorporating longer, more diverse episodes and introducing guest appearances next month, according to those with direct knowledge who spoke with Today News Africa at the weekend.

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