Annnnnnnnd Tucker Carlson announced he’s taking a “long-planned vacation” at the end of his show. pic.twitter.com/6TjtGXlvwE
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 14, 2020
Fox News’ top primetime host Tucker Carlson announced a “long-planned” vacation at the end of his show Monday night.
Carlson recorded the highest-ever audience for a cable news program last quarter, with an average audience of 4.331 million viewers. That record broke the previous one set by Carlson’s Fox News colleague Sean Hannity.
Most impressive was the fact that Tucker Carlson Tonight won the coveted 25-54 demographic. His program even ranked first with the much sought-after 18-48 demographic (Fox News viewers are often derided as older and out of touch with younger generations’ politics).
Soon after those impressive numbers were revealed, an anonymous source tipped CNN off about comments Blake Neff, Carlson’s head writer, has made on anonymous message boards.
From CNN’s report: “In a recent article in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Neff said, ‘Anything [Carlson is] reading off the teleprompter, the first draft was written by me.’ He also acknowledged the show’s influence, telling the magazine, ‘We’re very aware that we do have that power to sway the conversation, so we try to use it responsibly.'”
The comments made on the message boards by Neff were racist and sexist in nature. He was dismissed by Fox News after the revelations were publicized.
This week Carlson announced his previously-scheduled-but-not-previously-mentioned trout fishing vacation. Brian Kilmeade would be filling in during Carlson’s absence.
Carlson said he would be returning to the show on Monday and possibly sooner “if something dramatic happens.”
Last week he took the Republican Party to task for not doing enough to protect the voters that put them in office.