The recent termination of popular host Tucker Carlson has led to a significant shakeup in the media landscape, resulting in Fox News reportedly losing half of its audience. Former Fox News host Megyn Kelly discussed the situation in a recent interview, describing the aftermath as a “bloodbath” for the network.
Tucker Carlson had been a longstanding conservative commentator and television personality on Fox News, with his show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” consistently bringing in high ratings. However, his controversial and polarizing views often sparked heated debates both on and off the air, leading Fox News to terminate his contract after a series of incidents that crossed the line.
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— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) April 27, 2023
While the exact reasons for Carlson’s firing remain undisclosed, it is believed that mounting pressure from advertisers and public outcry over some of his more controversial statements played a role. Megyn Kelly, who now runs her own podcast and media company, expressed her concerns about the network’s future and the impact of losing such a high-profile figure:
“It’s a huge blow for the network, and a sign that they need to seriously reconsider their strategy moving forward.”
You can’t compare Tucker’s Fri night ratings to this week’s Mon/Tue. (Fridays in prime are where ratings go to die.) Compare his last Mon/Tue to this week’s Mon/Tue. It’s a bloodbath: they lost HALF their audience. https://t.co/bH1g6epeC0
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) April 27, 2023
Since Tucker Carlson’s departure, Fox News has experienced a sharp decline in viewership, leaving a void that the network is struggling to fill. This has led to increased competition from other conservative media outlets, further fracturing the conservative media landscape.
The firing of Tucker Carlson from Fox News has had a significant impact on the network’s ratings and overall viewership. Megyn Kelly’s comments highlight the magnitude of this event and the challenges Fox News now faces in a highly competitive media environment. As the network works to rebuild its audience and maintain its influence, it will need to carefully consider its next steps and the voices it chooses to elevate in the future.