Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk says his relationship with Fox News has soured.
Kirk, a conservative activist, once was a frequent guest on Fox News and enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with the network. Fox talent also frequently headlined Turning Point events but the partnership dissolved earlier this year.
Since Tucker Carlson’s shocking ouster from the network and Fox News near-$800 settlement with Dominion Voting Systems Kirk has been nowhere to be seen on Fox News.
Mediaite reports that while Fox News has not publicly commented on the reasons behind the rift, some theories abound. TPUSA is a haven for conspiracy theories, most notably former President Donald Trump’s lie that the 2020 election was stolen. A Daily Beast report from July suggested the rift had something to do with Fox’s $787 million settlement with Dominion over those election lies, as the network feared having its hosts participate in events where such conspiracy theories were being pushed.
“Fox’s relationship with Turning Point is basically over,” a network source told the Beast. “They don’t want their talent associated with them anymore.”
Kirk weighed in on the rift in an interview with Breitbart News earlier this week.
In an interview with Breitbart’s editor-in-chief Alex Marlow, Kirk said that his TPUSA event this year sold 13,000 tickets without any star power from Fox News. And while he said that he still has great affection for Fox News personalities like Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld, they “weren’t allowed” to be part of the event. Despite that, Kirk said “sometimes desperation is the mother of innovation,” so he leaned into “culture” for the event instead when considering his headliners.
Kirk framed this shift as a benefit:
I love Fox. They’ve been very good to me. I hope we can heal our relationship, because for whatever reason, it’s gone off the reservation. Since Tucker [Carlson]’s departure, I haven’t been on — and so, we had to do an event without Fox, and that was a great thing, man, because sometimes desperation is the mother of innovation, right? We kind of grew accustomed to — Jesse Watters, love him, Greg Gutfeld, love him — but that wasn’t a thing, we couldn’t do it, they’re not allowed to be here.