Recently-fired Fox News host Tucker Carlson is reportedly unable to appear on television news until after the 2024 election due to his previous employment contract. According to sources who spoke to the New York Times, Carlson is restrained by a common ‘pay or play’ clause that prevents him from working for a competitor until the contract expires. His contract is valid through January 2025, meaning he has no choice but to stay off the airwaves until after the 2024 election unless he negotiates an exit.
Despite his restrictions, Carlson has reportedly retained entertainment lawyer Bryan Freedman to work out a settlement with his former employer. Multiple outlets are said to be courting the conservative pundit, including Rumble, the Daily Wire, Newsmax, and One America News.
Carlson’s recent firing from Fox News was allegedly at the request of Lachlan Murdoch, CEO of Fox Corporation, and Suzanne Scott, CEO of Fox News Media. Media outlets have suggested that his ouster was due to a text message discovered while the network was preparing for Dominion Voting Systems’ defamation lawsuit, in which Carlson acknowledged the humanity of an Antifa protester.
While Carlson has remained largely silent about the circumstances of his departure, he has posted a two-minute clip on Twitter criticizing the state of TV news content, which has garnered over 24 million views in just two weeks.
Meanwhile, Fox News’ ratings have plummeted, with the network losing half its audience in the coveted 25 to 54 demographic.
Carlson’s situation highlights the importance of employment contracts and how they can impact an individual’s ability to work in their industry.
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