In this clip, Glenn announces breaking news that may be the biggest story for media this year: Tucker Carlson is OUT at Fox News. Glenn and Stu speculate why the number one host may be leaving, where Tucker will go next, and the DISASTROUS consequences this could have for the cable channel. Could this DESTROY Fox News and be the end of the network...?
Below is a rush transcript that may contain errors
GLENN: All right. I have to give you some breaking news.
Tucker Carlson is out at Fox News.
STU: Wow. Holy crap. Just broke.
And the way it's phrased is, his last program was Friday, April 21st. So no goodbye show. No, hey, this is why this is happening. Just, buh-bye. Holy crap.
GLENN: Why do you suppose that is?
STU: I mean, the thing that jumps to my mind is, $798 million or whatever it was, on this situation with --
GLENN: He was the best of them.
STU: He called out Sidney Powell, famously, and said, you've brought me no evidence. We keep asking you for evidence, and you will not bring it.
GLENN: I'm telling you, the left has their fangs in Fox News.
They are just going to lead bleed it dry.
STU: The speculation was that this penalty would -- we talked about it -- we talked about Jim Geraghty's column the other day. Where he said, one of the risk factors. What did we learn from this?
And one of the things, he said, he thought major news companies would learn. Was, don't put hosts on the air, that you think might be risky. Quote, unquote.
And if he wasn't right. He's proven right just a few days later, with that one. Because if this -- if this is what it looks like, it certainly seems like, they are just trying to get rid of anyone who might say anything they don't like.
And now, that's -- that's --
GLENN: Tucker Carlson and I, have become friends.
GLENN: And hopefully, I'll be able to talk to him today.
I don't know what the situation is. Bit, Tucker, come to Jamaica.
We would love to have you here. You won't miss a beat. And together, two of us will tear it up. Just tear it up.
STU: That would be fascinating.
GLENN: It would be.
STU: I'm sure there will be quite a large contingency of people trying to get that.
GLENN: I think that will kill Fox. I really do. I know so many people, that, you know, still kind of like Fox. And they watch the other shows. But they're like, Tucker, Tucker is the only one that I really trust.
You lose Tucker Carlson. I think that really kills them. Hey, have I reminded you to join the Blaze?
STU: Glenn, I'll just get my news from Fox. They're on my cable news now.
They never will go away. They won't fold. No, no, no.
GLENN: Yeah. Yeah.
You are going to -- it's amazing.
STU: It's astonishing.
This is the second number one host, and, I mean, second at 8 o'clock. That they've tossed out the door. Fascinating.
We should talk to Bill too.
I would love to hear what Bill has to say about this. Jeez.
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(OUT AT 10:46 AM)
GLENN: This is the Glenn Beck Program.
The big story of the day, one of the biggest I think in -- in news for a long time.
STU: Oh, yeah.
GLENN: Tucker Carlson is out at Fox news.
Now, I don't know what that means. You know, we're in wild speculation territory. You know, it could be that he was fired.
Because of, you know, they just paid out. Almost a billion dollars.
And they don't want any chance of anything. But that's suicidal. To me, this is a suicidal move for Fox.
STU: If it's their move, right? We don't know. It could be that Tucker decided he wanted to leave. It could be that Tucker, they asked Tucker to do something he wasn't comfortable doing.
GLENN: That could be.
STU: Let me read the statement to you. Tell me. This is the way it's framed. This is from Fox News. They say Fox News media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways.
GLENN: That's exactly what they said I think when I left.
And that's always been framed as you got fired. Which I know for a fact, was not true, considering I saw your offer for your extension. So it was a weird framing from the media.
GLENN: Yeah. So we parted ways.
So that bodes well, that Tucker may have been asked, hey. You have to stop with X, Y, or Z.
STU: See you. Right?
It could be that.
GLENN: Yeah. I don't know what his contract was.
And, you know, it probably was. It very well could be, that they couldn't fire him, because they didn't have cause.
And so they wanted to change maybe the format of the show. Wanted him to do things differently, et cetera, et cetera.
And make it unworkable for him.
So that way he would say, I'm not doing that.
And they would say, well, the only other thing is that you leave. Well, I have a contract.
Fine, we'll pay it out. Because if they fired him, he had to pay it out anyway.
STU: We thank him for his service to the network, as a host. And prior to that, as a contributor.
Mr. Carlson -- this is, I mean, amazing. Mr. Carlson's last program was February, April 21st. The fact that you had the number one host, in all of cable news. And he doesn't even come back on to say, hey, this is what's going on.
No goodbye show.
None of that. Just, he's done.
Fox News Tonight will air at 8:00 p.m. Eastern this evening as an interim host, by rotating Fox News personalities until a new host is named.
GLENN: Would you sign up for TheBlaze right now so we just have a bucket full of money, we could throw his way?
STU: Where would they go for that?
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Become a subscriber. I'll tell you, now more than ever. Where are you going to get the truth?
GLENN: Tucker was the only guy out there, that I felt was in the mainstream media, that was telling America the truth.
Who is doing that?
There's nobody in the mainstream media. Nobody!
And I now include Fox.
You're getting rid of Tucker Carlson? Wow. Letting him walk out the door even, wow. The guy is at the top of -- he had, what? Three days with Elon Musk last week. He get to sit down with Elon Musk, at this time, with everything that's going on between the Star Ship and Twitter?
And you're gone the next week? Never seen anything like it. Never seen anything like it.
STU: Really is a remarkable. It's not the way I thought this day was going. That's for sure.
GLENN: Yeah. Every day, I think, well, it will be interesting to see how that works out.
STU: It's amazing too, as I'm watching Succession. And they're in the final season.
You wonder how much of this stuff is real, behind the scenes.
GLENN: I think a lot of it is real.
STU: Certainly, based on stuff.
Again, it's a negative take on basically the Fox News Channel.
Fascinating to watch this. Really, have we ever seen a situation like this?
They got rid of Bill O'Reilly. Very near his peak. Or close to his peak.
GLENN: Closest thing you could come up to is, oh, shoot. I just forgot his name. He was at NBC. Did the morning show.
STU: Matt Lauer. Again, that was totally different.
GLENN: Matt Lauer. I know. Totally different scenario.
But he was still the big name.
But he wasn't even at his peak.
STU: This was really Tucker Carlson world.
GLENN: Is this peak.
Do you know the damage this does to the right?
If -- if the left and Soros money, which I guarantee you, was involved.
If that -- if they can learn that they can do this, we're done.
By the way, have you seen that the automakers are dropping all AM radio.
GLENN: In fact, let me give you something. This is from the National Association of Broadcasters. Text AM to 52886 and tell Congress, we need AM radios in cars. There's a lot of reasons. But is this just another way to silence us on AM radio.
Please, they're going to drive us out of everything.
They can get away with this. Oh, they are so emboldened.
Text AM to 528886. Tell Congress we need AM radio in cars. Please, do that.
We need a strong showing in Congress. Text AM to 52886.
Congress, we need AM radio in cars. Do not let them drop that.
This message kind of from the National Association of Broadcasters. And me.