Fox News and Tucker Carlson, the top-rated cable news host, are “parting ways,” the network announced Monday.
Carlson’s last hosting duty for his prime-time conservative opinion show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” was Friday, Fox said. An interim show, consisting of rotating Fox News personalities, will fill the 8 ET time slot starting tonight until a new host is named.
“We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor,” Fox said.
Carlson, 53, did not telegraph the news on Friday’s show, and Fox never gave him the opportunity to address his viewers. Instead, he signed off from what turned out to be his final show with, “We’ll be back on Monday; in the meantime have the best weekend.”
On Monday’s show, Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade filled in during Carlson’s slot.
“As you probably have heard, Fox News and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways,” Kilmeade said, kicking off the show. “I wish Tucker the best. I’m great friends with Tucker and always will be.”
Carlson became Fox’s most popular personality after replacing Bill O’Reilly, who was fired in 2016 after settling a sexual harassment investigation. He’s also consistently drawn headlines for controversial coverage, most recently airing tapes from the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection to minimize the impact of the deadly attack.