Newly leaked footage from the set of Tucker Carlson’s Fox Nation show revealed the former host trashing the network’s streaming platform.
The footage was leaked to watchdog group Media Matters and shows Carlson on the phone with an unidentified person while on the set of his Tucker Carlson Today program.
“I don’t want to be a slave to Fox Nation, which I don’t think that people watch anyway,” Carlson said on the call, which was on speaker phone. “We’re gonna — because, you know, I’m like a representative of the American media now, speaking to an exile in Romania and welcoming him back into the brotherhood of journalists.”
The back and forth appeared to pertain to Carlson’s wardrobe for the interview.
“Yeah. It would help us out if you wore a sweater though, because we asked him not to wear a suit,” an unidentified voice said on the call. “Like he was panicking about it and we said, ‘You don’t have to. Tucker’s gonna be looking casual. That’s just how our show looks.’ Is that okay?”
“I mean, this is airing on the nighttime show, and I want it to look official. I don’t want it to be like bro talk. You know what I mean?” Carlson said.
The unknown speaker on the phone insisted that if the interview went over 45 minutes, it would be uploaded to air on Fox Nation.
“But nobody’s gonna watch it on Fox Nation. Nobody watches Fox Nation because the site sucks. So I’d really like to just put the — dump the whole thing on YouTube,” Carlson said. “But anyway, that’s just my view. I’m just frustrated with — it’s hard to use that site. I don’t know why they’re not fixing it. It’s driving me insane. And they’re like making like Lifetime movies, but they don’t work on the infrastructure of the site. Like what? It’s crazy. And it drives me crazy cause it’s like we’re doing all this extra work and no one can find it.”
“It’s unbelievable, actually. I don’t know who runs that site,” Carlson said exasperated.
Fox Nation produces a variety of shows with talent including Fox News stars as well as Nancy Grace, Roseanne Barr, and actor Kevin Costner.
When Carlson signed his new contract with Fox in 2021, he expanded his presence on Fox Nation with documentaries and a flagship show, Tucker Carlson Today.
Nearly two weeks ago, Carlson was suddenly ousted from the network.