NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News said near midday on Monday that it has agreed to part ways with Tucker Carlson, its popular and controversial prime-time host, less than a week after settling a lawsuit over the network’s 2020 election reporting.
The network said that Carlson’s last “Tucker Carlson Tonight” program aired Friday.
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It was learned within a half-hour of the Carlson news that CNN had fired Don Lemon, who was shifted from his prime-time program to mornings late last year, after 17 years at the pioneering cable news network.
When Lemon was in hot water early this year after characterizing Republican politician Nikki Haley as past her prime, Carlson asked on air, “Are we going to kind of miss Don Lemon if he’s fired? Yeah, a little bit.”
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Fox News parent Fox Corp. FOX, -2.95% FOXA, -2.91% and News Corp NWS, -0.11% NWSA, -0.17%, parent of MarketWatch publisher Dow Jones, share ownership.
Fox Corp. shares were down nearly 5% after the news broke.
Shares of Warner Bros. Discovery WBD, -1.62%, parent of CNN, were down 1.2%.
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