According to a letter sent to Tucker Carlson’s lawyers, Fox News alleges the former anchor on the network, who hosted the popular Tucker Carlson Tonight, violated his contract with his new Twitter video.
“In connection with such breach and pursuant to the Agreement, Fox expressly reserves all rights and remedies which are available to it at law or equity,” the letter from Fox News general counsel Bernard Gugar read.
“This evening (Tuesday) we were made aware of Mr. Tucker Carlson’s appearance on Twitter in a video that lasted over 10 minutes,” read the letter. “Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Mr. Carlson’s ‘services shall be completely exclusive to Fox,’” referencing the ex-Fox News host’s contract.
It claims Tucker Carlson is “prohibited from rendering services of any type whatsoever, whether ‘over the internet via streaming or similar distribution, or other digital distribution whether now known or hereafter devised.”
Axios, which received a copy of the letter, wrote, “A breach of contract claim sets Fox News up to explore potential legal action against Carlson, a move that would intensify the already thorny public battle between the two parties.”
“Fox defends its very existence on freedom of speech grounds. Now they want to take Tucker Carlson’s right to speak freely away from him because he took to social media to share his thoughts on current events,” Bryan Freedman, Carlson’s attorney, wrote to Axios.
“A source told Axios that Carlson was told by a senior Fox executive that the network’s goal is to keep him sidelined until 2025,” the outlet concluded.