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Fox News and Tucker Carlson Part Ways after Dominion Lawsuit Settlement

Fox News Media and host Tucker Carlson have decided to part ways following the $787.5 million defamation lawsuit settlement with Dominion Voting Systems involving Fox Corp (FOXA.O).

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Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson's Key Witness Role

Carlson was anticipated to be a crucial witness in the trial focused on Fox's false allegations that the 2020 presidential election was manipulated to benefit Joe Biden, who defeated incumbent Donald Trump.

Uncertain Future for Tucker Carlson

The future of Carlson remains to be determined. His prime-time show, "Tucker Carlson Tonight," was the highest-rated cable news program in the 25-to-54 age demographic, consistently drawing over 3 million nightly viewers on Fox, the most-watched U.S. cable news network.

Fox News Thanks Carlson for His Service

In an official statement, Fox News expressed gratitude for Carlson's service as a host and previously as a contributor.

Fox Shares Decline Following News

Fox shares experienced a sharp drop on the news but later recovered some losses, trading 2.8% lower.

Fox still faces other legal challenges, including a $2.7 billion lawsuit from voting technology company Smartmatic and a lawsuit filed by former producer Abby Grossberg, who accused Fox of coercing her testimony in the Dominion case.

Dominion Alleges Defamatory Statements

Dominion claimed that defamatory statements were made on Carlson's show after the 2020 election and that evidence suggested Carlson and his team knew the allegations of ballot-counting machine manipulation were false.

Fox News and Smaller Conservative Rivals

After the 2020 election, smaller conservative competitors like Newsmax saw increased viewership as they questioned election results. Dominion claimed that Fox staff knowingly aired false statements to prevent further loss of viewers.

Tucker Carlson's Last Show and Replacement

Carlson's final program aired on April 21, with "Fox News Tonight" as an interim show featuring rotating Fox News personalities until a new host is appointed.

Reactions to Carlson's Departure

Following the announcement of Carlson's departure, reactions from Trump's spokesperson and Republican U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert demonstrated support for the former host.