Fox News has taken the next legal step in its fight against Tucker Carlson, after sending him an alleged cease-and-desist notice over his “Tucker On Twitter” shows that he hosts on the social network.
Carlson has two episodes of the streaming series and has already racked up nearly 170 million views. Fox News, however, maintains that Carlson is still under contract and the show is in violation of the terms. The company has now taken a more direct approach and sent a letter requesting that he cease producing the show.
Axios broke the story earlier today.
What’s going on: Fox continues to pay Carlson and claims that his contract guarantees exclusivity of his content to Fox until December 31, 2024.
- Carlson argues that Fox violated his contract by posting to Twitter and he is entitled to the First Amendment.
Behind the scenes: Carlson’s first two Twitter episodes were straight-to-camera monologues. He plans to keep iterating with longer, more varied episodes and the addition of guests, Axios is told.
Carlson’s contract, although not publicly available, seems to be interpreted in a different way by the two parties. Fox News insists that Carlson is still employed and paid by them, so his comments are essentially their property. He claims that Fox News is the one who has broken their contract and, because of this, he should “YOLO.”
Harmeet Dhillon, the lawyer representing Carlson, said to Axios, “Fox News ignores the interests of their viewers and shareholder obligations.”
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) June 12, 2023
Although there has been no official explanation as to why Carlson left the network, several leaks have indicated that behind-the-scenes behavior and planned monologues are set to air. The network has never confirmed any of these claims, leaving its audience angry and confused.