Fox News Allegedly Sends Carlson Cease-and-Desist Order
Popular former Fox News personality Tucker Carlson was allegedly served with a cease-and-desist order by his former network due to the unveiling of his new Twitter show.
Carlson recently introduced his “Tucker On Twitter” program on the social network, garnering more than 150 million views between his first two episodes. Carlson’s contract is still active until the end of 2024.
One of Carlson’s attorneys, Harmeet Dhillon said that the network “continues to ignore the interests of its viewers, not to mention its shareholder obligations.”
She described Carlson’s dismissal as “the most catastrophic programming decision in the history of the cable news industry.”
“Tucker will not be silenced by anyone,” she said.
Fox News officially sends Tucker Carlson a cease-and-desist letter over his new Twitter show https://t.co/5uudMaUQyG— Not the Bee (@Not_the_Bee) June 12, 2023
The host, who regularly led both Fox and cable news’ ratings, was abruptly let go by the network earlier this year. The firing occurred just days after Fox News settled a nearly-$800 billion lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems regarding a number of statements made on the network about the result of the 2020 election.
Carlson emerged as a significant defender of former President Donald Trump during the period between the election and the inauguration of President Joe Biden.
The former host had fired back against his former network, accusing Fox of breaking his contract and working to damage his reputation.
A letter reportedly written by Carlson’s attorneys accused the network of executives at the network of being engaged in “material representations” to Carlson that they later broke.
Carlson’s counsel also said that Fox leaked his private communications, which they reportedly promised not to do. Furthermore, Carlson’s team said that Fox News violated its promise to not settle with Dominion “in a way which would indicate wrongdoing” and that he was told that his firing was linked to the settlement.
These, according to Carlson’s attorneys, represent a breach of contract.
“These actions not only breached the covenant of good faith and fair dealing in the Agreement, but give rise to claims for breach of contract and intentional and negligent misrepresentation,” the letter reportedly reads.