Tucker Carlson's Old Fox News Time Slot Begins with a Statement on His Departure


Fox News started off its 8 p.m. hour, hosted by Tucker Carlson until the news of his departure from Fox on Monday, with the briefest of announcements regarding the programming change.

“Hi, everybody, and welcome to ‘Fox News Tonight,'” said substitute host Brian Kilmeade, best known as one of the long-time hosts of the “Fox & Friends” morning show. “I am Brian Kilmeade.”

“As you probably have heard, Fox News and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways,” he said. “I wish Tucker the best. I’m great friends with Tucker and always will be.

“But right now, it’s time for ‘Fox News Tonight,’ so let’s get started,” he said, before launching into the show’s first segment.

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The official Fox News Twitter account appeared to make no mention of Carlson’s replacement Monday night.

Comments on the post showing the video of Kilmeade’s  brief opening were uniformly negative.

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The program capped a tumultuous day at Fox News.

The news of Carlson’s departure came out Monday following last week’s announcement that Fox had settled a defamation lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems for $787 million — a suit that featured comments made by Carlson.

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Carlson and Fox are also the defendants of two lawsuits filed by the host’s former senior booking producer, Abby Grossberg, alleging sexism and harassment, according to NPR.

Justin Wells, the former senior executive producer of Carlson’s show and another defendant in one of the lawsuits, was also let go by the network, NPR reported.

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George Upper is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Western Journal and was a weekly co-host of "WJ Live," powered by The Western Journal. He is currently a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. A former U.S. Army special operator, teacher and consultant, he is a lifetime member of the NRA and an active volunteer leader in his church. Born in Foxborough, Massachusetts, he has lived most of his life in central North Carolina.
George Upper, is the former editor-in-chief of The Western Journal and is now a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. He currently serves as the connections pastor at Awestruck Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a former U.S. Army special operator, teacher, manager and consultant. Born in Massachusetts, he graduated from Foxborough High School before joining the Army and spending most of the next three years at Fort Bragg. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English as well as a Master's in Business Administration, all from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He and his wife life only a short drive from his three children, their spouses and his grandchildren. He is a lifetime member of the NRA and in his spare time he shoots, reads a lot of Lawrence Block and John D. MacDonald, and watches Bruce Campbell movies. He is a fan of individual freedom, Tommy Bahama, fine-point G-2 pens and the Oxford comma.
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