Conservative firebrand Tucker Carlson is taking on Fox News in a contract dispute that could change the conservative media landscape.
Carlson has been in discussions with right-wing outlets, including Rumble and Newsmax, who have offered to pay him more than his current $20 million a year Fox contract. Carlson has been busy planning his own media empire and may start a direct-to-consumer outlet, much like his predecessor Bill O’Reilly.
The contract with Fox News expires in January 2025, after the next presidential election, and Carlson is eager to leave Fox to start his own venture. Carlson has also discussed the possibility of working with Elon Musk, though nothing has been confirmed.
Sources close to Carlson say he is willing to fight for his right to speak to his audience and is even considering taking on Fox News directly. Carlson’s allies are prepared to go to war with Fox to get him out of his contract. Fox has offered to pay Carlson $20 million a year not to work, but he is determined to start his own media venture.
Allies say that Tucker is hotter than ever and that his media suitors have become more aggressive in pursuing him.