Tucker Carlson’s Home Studio Dismantled by Fox News Crew

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Tucker Carlson’s Home Studio Dismantled by Fox News

As Tucker Carlson prepares to take his show to Twitter, workers from Fox News have reportedly dismantled the home studio it built for him in Maine. The network fired the primetime opinion host last month. According to DailyMail.com, Patrick Feeney, who is managing work to rebuild the studio, said, “Fox came in last week and got all their shit out of there.”

Fox News Removes Studio Equipment

Feeney revealed that Fox News took the set, equipment, chairs, desk, and fake walls from the home studio. The network has not commented on Carlson’s firing beyond its initial statement on 24 April, which said, “Fox News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways. We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor.”

Carlson’s Firing Linked to Dominion Settlement

Carlson was fired in the aftermath of a $787.5 million settlement of a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit brought against Fox News by Dominion Voter Systems, over the broadcast of Donald Trump’s lies about voter fraud in the 2020 election. Variety reported that a Fox board member told Carlson his firing was a condition of the Dominion settlement. However, a Dominion spokesperson told the Guardian that the full settlement sum was received on 18 April, two days before the case was closed and six days before Carlson was fired.

Carlson’s Lies had a Direct Impact on Settlement

Even while Carlson has previously expressed skepticism about the 2020 election, his recent statements coincide with the settlement between Fox News and Dominion Voter Systems. The lawsuit showed that Carlson repeatedly pushed election fraud claims despite knowing they were false.

Carlson’s Move to Twitter and Contract Status

On 9 May, Carlson announced his planned move to Twitter, promising “a new version of the show we’ve been doing for the last six and a half years” but offering few specifics. The status of his contract with Fox News remains in question.

Rebuilding the Studio in Maine

According to the Daily Mail, Carlson, 54, is working with a three-man construction crew to rebuild his studio in Woodstock, Maine, after the visit from Fox. The site published pictures of Carlson dressed in a plaid shirt and work vest and carrying a sizable axe. Feeney said, “There’s no hardware in place at all. There’s not even an infrastructure for a TV studio for a long time.”

Original Story at www.theguardian.com – 2023-05-24 17:42:00
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