Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson has no plans to leave the network.
Carlson took a moment out of his program to address concerns that he was leaving the network.
The statement came after a doctored post circulated on social media over the weekend, which showed a fake screenshot of what seemed to be Carlson on a Parler account announcing that he would be starting at another outlet next month.
“Over the weekend we got a lot of calls asking if we’re leaving Fox News. Ironically, at that very moment we were working on a project to expand the amount of reporting and analysis we do in this hour across other parts of the company,” he explained.
“This show is not going anywhere, it’s getting bigger. People who run Fox News want more of it, not less, and we are grateful for that. We’ll have specifics soon,” Carlson added.
“Tucker Carlson Tonight” averaged 5.36 million viewers in October and its monthly average was the highest of any show in cable news history, according to Fox News.
Tucker Carlson addresses recent calls for him to leave Fox News:
"This show isn't going anywhere. It's getting bigger. The people who run Fox News want more of it, not less, and we're grateful for that." pic.twitter.com/kKMvkKDK42
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 17, 2020
Even if Carlson stays, the network has a lot of work to do to regain its trust and credibility among longtime viewers.
Melissa Francis, regularly seen on the Fox News show “Outnumbered,” has been off the air for over a month and is probably at the end of her run at the network.
Francis has not been seen on the program since Oct. 7.
Fox News has abandoned its conservative base and gone all-in on the President-elect Joe Biden train in a way not many had imagined.
And as part of that effort, the network canceled Judge Jeanine Pirro’s show last Saturday after a dispute over coverage of the 2020 presidential election.
And that is not the only part of this that is frustrating.
In an apparent change, the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post has also shifted to be more anti-President Trump.
Last week, Fox News host Leland Vittert got into a heated exchange with Erin Perrine, a spokeswoman for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.
Vittert was beyond rude to Perrine, telling her to “keep smirking and rolling your eyes” during the off-the-rails interview.
The network has decided to part ways with contributor John Solomon.
Fox News host Sandra Smith is under heavy fire after getting caught on video making faces as a guest argued that the election was over just because the media called it.
Fox anchor Neil Cavuto came under fire recently after he abruptly cut away from campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany while she was speaking about alleged voter fraud in the election.