Fox News stunned viewers by firing Tucker Carlson.
The whole media and political world offered their predictions.
And Megyn Kelly said two words about Fox News firing Tucker Carlson that you need to see.
On her popular podcast, Megyn Kelly declared Fox News’ decision to fire Carlson as a “terrible move” that would eventually accrue to Carlson’s benefit.
“This is a terrible move by Fox, and it’s a great thing for Tucker Carlson,” Kelly declared on her radio show.
Media outlets played a parlor game trying to guess why Fox News fired Carlson.
Some guessed Carlson ended up the fall guy for the network paying Dominion Voting System $787 million as part of a defamation settlement.
Others speculated Fox axed Carlson over a lawsuit by former producer Abby Grossberg accusing Carlson of sexism and running a hostile work environment.
Still others reported that Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch forced out Carlson after Murdoch grew weary of Carlson debunking the FBI and Democrat Party’s “official story” about what happened on January 6.
Kelly was not about to enter into that discussion as she said she had no insight on why Fox News jettisoned their most popular host.
“I don’t know what drove Fox News to make this decision. And it was clearly Fox News’ decision because they’re not letting him say goodbye,” Kelly added. “That’s my supposition. That’s not inside knowledge. […] Talk about misjudging your audience yet again.”
Kelly expanded on her thoughts about Carlson’s future during an interview on Dan Abrams’ News Nation TV show.
Kelly predicted that Fox News would suffer in the short term as Carlson had a very loyal audience that was not happy about the network firing one of the few voices in mainstream media who defended their values and spoke to their concerns.
And true to Kelly’s forecast, Fox News’s stock tanked in the wake of the news that it fired Carlson.
Appears Fox stock is crashing after announcing Tucker Carlson’s show is over: pic.twitter.com/4V1M3ww7r6
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But Kelly admitted Fox was likely to survive as Fox News firing popular hosts like Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly proved it was the Fox News brand that was the draw and not necessarily any one personality.
“Fox is going to take a hit tonight and this week and short term for sure. Its audience is very, very angry,” Kelly stated. “I will say, the names you just mentioned, those departures prove there’s a huge audience out there that’s loyal to Fox, likes the Fox News graphics, the Fox News reporters — that’s what they’re banking on.”
However, Kelly predicted that Tucker Carlson would see even greater heights of fame and influence by going the independent route as Kelly believed Carlson’s millions of fans would follow him on a new platform.
“They’ll go with Tucker, for sure,” Kelly told Abrams.
Kelly cited Joe Rogan – the most popular podcaster in America and whose show reaches over 10 million Americans – as the model for how Carlson will find a bigger audience by doing his own thing free from Fox News Channel’s corporate shackles.
“Tucker is going to have more success, more money and more influence in an independent lane. I mean look at Joe Rogan. His audience dwarfs anything that’s on cable news right now and Tucker could rival him,” Kelly concluded. “So I think he’ll make more money in the independent lane and it’ll all go in his pocket as opposed to in Rupert (Murdoch’s).”