All are waiting for the details of Tucker Carlson’s next move and the timing of that move. Carlson has received multiple offers of jobs but remains on hiatus at the moment as the situation unravels publicly.
In the wake of Carlson’s exit from the air on Fox News, some other news figures at the network who have left in the past year are being scrutinized. Popular host Dan Bongino left the network saying that he and the network disagreed in negotiations. Another host, Melissa Francis, is reflecting on the circumstances of her own exit from the network.
Former Fox News host Francis has spoken about her departure from the network in an interview with Megyn Kelly on Sirius XM. The former Fox News host was paid $15 million in 2022 after she filed a gender-based pay disparity claim against the company, the Los Angeles Times noted. Francis’ team seems to believe she was let go from Fox News over her lawsuit against the network.
During an interview late last year, Francis first spoke about her departure from Fox News while speaking with Megyn Kelly. During the interview, Francis began by recalling an alleged incident in which Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott “shrugged it off” when her supervisor at the network sent an email calling Francis a “misogynistic sexist name.”
But due to the strange manner in which Carlson was ousted by the network, Francis is revisiting her experience with Fox in regard to the manner in which she was let go as well as the circumstances surrounding it, namely the behavior of coworkers in comparison to Carlson.
“When I worked at Fox News, there was a manager of mine who sent an email calling me a misogynistic, sexist name, and talking about — demeaning my behavior. He sent it around to all of the managers, and accidentally included me — we’ve all done that, to be honest. When you’re gossiping about someone and you add them to it too,” Francis said.
“So he did that. So when I received that email I went directly to [Fox News CEO] Suzanne Scott’s office because she also was copied on the email. And I said, what the f***?’ Like — I mean — and she shrugged it off. And that man who sent that email demeaning me in a sexist and misogynistic way still works there. In fact, he was the author of many of the things you read in the Dominion case,” she added.
“And I checked yesterday — he’s still there. So this idea, that something in a text would be so awful that they wouldn’t — they’re on the side of women. They don’t want to subject Fox women to an environment where you have someone like Tucker saying those words — that is a bald-faced lie.”
Francis said that she had a studio in her home with cameras and a teleprompter operated remotely, and Francis said she was axed via that teleprompter, Conservative Brief reports.
“So the lights go on. I have a robotic camera so I don’t have the power to turn any of it on and off. That’s done from the studio. So the lights come on, the teleprompter comes on… I went over, I sat down, I clicked on my mic. I checked in, we talked to the producers, we did the whole thing,” she said.
“I’m about to go. And it comes up in the prompter, ‘You’ve been canceled’ and I said, ‘What what’s going on?’” Francis recalled. “And all of a sudden, everything went dead in my living room, just lights out, everything dead. And I was like, ‘Wow, okay. This is, this is how we’re doing this. Huh? Wow,’” the former host said.
“I talked to the show staff afterward and they were like, ‘We had — we weren’t told anything. We have no idea what happened.’ And they were left scrambling. I mean, all of a sudden this poor show team had no idea and they just yanked the electricity on their anchor,” Francis continued.
In retrospect, it seems a number of conservative hosts have left Fox News under interesting circumstances. Fox News also made headlines when it announced that host Dan Bongino had parted ways with the news network, Conservative Brief noted.
“Folks, regretfully, last week was my last show on Fox News on the Fox News Channel,” the host said on his podcast, Variety reported. “It’s tough. It’s tough to say that. You know, I’ve been there doing hits and working there for ten years…so the show ending was tough. And I want you to know it’s not some big conspiracy. I promise you. There’s no acrimony. This wasn’t some WWE brawl that happened. We just couldn’t come to terms on an extension.”
“We thank Dan for his contributions and wish him success in his future endeavors,” the network said, adding that it will air ‘Lawrence Jones Cross Country” in place of Bongino’s show until the network announces a new schedule.