Fox News boss Rupert Murdoch may have made a critical mistake firing star host TUcker Carlson because Tucker already has a job offer to another network and he is being offered a big raise.
The owner of San Diego-based One America News offered Tucker a job and wants to pay him $25 million per year to join its network.
“It would be great if we could get Tucker! I might give him around $25 million,” OAN CEO and founder Robert Herring said. “And he would be well worth that!”
But Tucker has a new website and based on what it says it appears Tucker will do his own thing. With YouTube and podcasts, Tucker could bring in even more than OAN is willing to pay him.
Which brings us back to why Rupert would do this. Fox News has not explained the Tucker decision other than to issue a two-sentence statement thanking Tucker for his service.
But a man with close ties to the Murdoch empire is floating a more serious reason for Tucker’s dismissal in Vanity Fair, that Rupert Murdoch is showing his age. The 92-year-old billionaire just broke a two-week engagement to ex-fiancée Ann Lesley Smith.
This came right after he shocked his wife, Jerry Hall, with a surprise divorce.
Gabe Sherman writes that that weird decision “is part of a string of erratic decisions he has made of late that raises questions about Murdoch’s leadership of his media empire.
“According to sources, executives at Fox are worried about Murdoch’s unsteady hand at the wheel of the company.
“’It’s like the King is senile but no one wants to say anything,’ the source said.
“According to two sources, Fox settled with Dominion moments before the trial was set to begin because Fox’s lawyers didn’t want Murdoch to testify in public.
“They were hoping and praying to settle for months, but they didn’t want to pay up,” the second source said.
“Once the trial began, the lawyers told Fox execs that Murdoch would be ‘disgraced on the stand, run out of the boardroom, and his testimony will expose him as a lunatic sliding into senility.’
“The person close to Murdoch disputed this. ‘Rupert was very well prepared to testify,’” Sherman writes.
Tucker Carlson Leaves Fox Nation
Maybe Fox News’ loss could be @OANN‘s gain, Founder and CEO @RobHerring would like to extend an invitation to Carlson to meet for negotiation.https://t.co/O5KmsPyhyx#OAN #TuckerCarlson #FauxNews #FoxNews @TuckerCarlson pic.twitter.com/MEU3f5CG77
— One America News (@OANN) April 24, 2023
Also in my latest: Sources said Fox settled Dominion suit because Fox lawyers did NOT want 92-year-old Rupert to testify bc it would have revealed he’s a “lunatic sliding into senility.”https://t.co/ZfTgCGToZ5
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) April 25, 2023
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