The bidding war for Tucker Carlson after Rupert Murdoch fired him from Fox News is heating up. OANN offered Tucker $25 million, a $5 million per year raise, to join it. Tucker has reportedly not responded to the OANN CEO.
Now TMZ is reporting that Newsmax is making an incredible offer to the former top-rated cable TV host. Newsmax wants Tucker to do a primetime show but also wants Tucker to run the whole show and program the entire network’s schedule.
According to TMZ: “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.”
OANN is on record with its offer to Tucker for $25 million per year. Fox News was paying him $20 million per year.
But according to OANN host Dan Ball, Tucker snubbed the network. He said:
“Mr. Herring did make a substantial offer, which would be several million more than Fox paid, to my chagrin cause I don’t make that, but anyway, it’s Tucker.
“This isn’t about me.
“So, the offer’s on the table.
“We know Tucker’s in Florida vacationing with the family — wish him the best, hanging out.
“But, yeah — if he’d like to entertain the offer, our founder and boss man would love to have a chat with him.
“So, nothing’s in the works, nothing’s happening but the offer has been extended.
“I don’t think he’s even responded.
“It would be great if we could get Tucker! I might give him around $25 million,” OAN CEO and founder Robert Herring said earlier.
“And he would be well worth that!”
Newsmax Beating Down Tucker Carlson’s Door, Wants Him to Run Entire Channel https://t.co/5KxtvR4qTE
— TMZ (@TMZ) April 28, 2023
OAN host claims the network’s founder made “a substantial offer” to Tucker Carlson but “I don’t think he’s responding”https://t.co/9LWdQnSKkD
— Media Matters (@mmfa) April 27, 2023
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