According to a recent survey, former Fox News star Tucker Carlson continues to have greater popularity among Americans than his previous employer.
According to the Rasmussen Reports poll, Carlson continues to have support from conservative and Republican voters. “Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Likely U.S. voters have a favorable impression of Carlson, including 36% who have a Very Favorable opinion of him,” the firm reported.
“Thirty-four percent (34%) view Carlson unfavorably, including 25% with a Very Unfavorable impression,” the company continued in a news release.
With only 52% of voters viewing the network favorably and 24% extremely favorably, Fox News currently has a lower approval rating among potential voters than Carlson did. 42% of probable voters had a negative opinion of Fox News, with 28% having a very negative opinion.
Only 19% of voters believed that Carlson’s termination from the network would have a favorable impact on the organization. However, 32% of respondents thought that the news platform would become worse after his departure. However, 42% of voters believed that Fox would not be significantly affected by Carlson’s departure.
The reason for the removal of Carlson’s program off the airwaves a week ago is still unknown. However, a report published late last week claimed that a new network was interested in signing him and giving him complete creative control.
According to TMZ, Newsmax apparently wants to give Carlson his own primetime show on their network and let him run the whole channel’s schedule. Carlson would then have a lot of power, including the ability to decide what series will air on the network in the future.
“Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ … the news channel is doing everything it can to sweeten the deal for Tucker to come on board — including floating the idea of letting him program the whole channel, not just his own show. That would be a pretty enticing deal point … in addition to having his own primetime show, Tucker would have a say over what shows lead into and out of his show, which can be key in achieving bigger TV ratings,” according to TMZ.
“While our sources stress Newsmax hasn’t formally offered Tucker a job — he can’t have formal discussions due to his current Fox News contract — we’re told the network execs have made it clear to people around him, they would basically give him a big say in rebranding their channel,” the outlet continued.
Late in April, speculation started to circulate about the potential replacement for Carlson on Fox News.
Mediaite put out an article titled, “Who Will Replace Tucker Carlson at Fox News? Here Are Mediaite’s Top Picks” which featured a list of potential hosts who might replace Carlson in the highly sought-after 8 PM time slot. Prior to making any final judgments regarding Carlson’s replacement, Fox News declared that it would alternate hosts.
Jesse Watters, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham are the current occupants of the 7 PM ET, 9 PM ET, and 10 PM ET time slots, respectively.
According to Mediaite, Fox News could give Watters, Ingraham, or Hannity the 8 PM time slot by simply switching them about and testing a new host in a later time slot. In this manner, a host with more experience would just take over Carlson’s time slot on the network.
Here are the top 6 candidates Mediaite suggested could replace Carlson if Fox News decides to keep the primetime hosts in their current time slots:
The host of “The Five” and the comedy program “Gutfeld!,” Greg Gutfeld.
Former Democratic lawmaker and 2020 presidential hopeful, Tulsi Gabbard.
Former Trump administration press secretary Kayleigh McEnany
Veteran Fox News host and prominent figure Brian Kilmeade
Co-host and commentator at Fox, Pete Hegseth
The host of “The Five” and his own primetime program, Jesse Watters
Carlson reportedly felt “blindsided” when CEO Suzanne Scott called him on Monday to let him know he had been sacked.
Last week, it came to light that Pentagon officials are overjoyed that Fox News’ longtime host Carlson is leaving the network. However, Carlson had a great comeback to their expressions of celebration.
An unnamed Pentagon source reportedly told Politico that Tucker Carlson’s departure was beneficial for the nation since no one would be able to criticize the military high command anymore.
“We’re a better country without him bagging on our military every night in front of hundreds of thousands of people,” the official declared.
Another Department of Defense representative replied, “Good riddance.”
According to The Daily Wire, Carlson responded to a request for comment on the story with the following three words: “Ha! I’m sure!”
High-ranking Pentagon officials and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin were frequently the targets of the former Fox host’s attacks for a variety of mistakes, including the pullout from Afghanistan.
“Carlson left Fox News on Monday with the network issuing a statement announcing his departure which seemingly came as a surprise to the entire country, including those working at Fox News,” The DC Enquirer reported.