Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson is reportedly in talks with former President Donald Trump about moderating a presidential debate after getting fired from Fox News.
The Washington Post reported that the debate would be part of the 2024 Republican presidential primary campaign.
Trump has threatened to skip the first presidential debates in the summer of 2023, which will be hosted by Fox News.
Carlson’s firing from Fox News comes after the network settled a lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems for nearly $800 million. Carlson’s text messages were exposed during the Dominion lawsuit. Forbes reported that Carlson was fired after the text messages revealed he called a Fox News executive a “c—.”
The Washington Post report said Carlson was willing to end his contract with Fox News, which would have expired in 2024, and lose millions to pursue other opportunities.
Fox News’s ratings have dramatically decreased Since Carlson left. According to the Los Angeles Times, Fox News lost nearly 30% of its viewership during its first week without Carlson.
Carlson has received several offers from media companies since his ouster from Fox.
Patrick Bet-David, CEO of media company Valuetainment, offered Carlson a $100 million deal over five years, including a seat on the company’s board of directors.
“Dear Tucker, I’ll get right to the point. We want you to partner with us in what we feel is a noble and necessary effort to define the future of media,” David wrote in a letter to Carlson.
.@patrickbetdavid just broke this news on the @MegynKellyShow and it’s real: $100m offer over 5 years plus plus plus… He deserves it! https://t.co/2xMil72Ol9
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) May 2, 2023
TMZ has learned from Newsmax insiders that the media organization has proposed to give Carlson his primetime show and complete authority over the programming schedule for its primary cable channel.
Days after leaving Fox News, Carlson posted a video on Twitter allegedly implying that his viewers would see him soon.
“When honest people say what’s true, calmly, and without embarrassment, they become powerful,” Carlson said during the video, which received 80 million views. “At the same time the liars who’ve been trying to silence them shrink, and they become weaker. That’s the iron law of the universe. True things prevail.”
Good evening pic.twitter.com/SPrsYKWKCE
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) April 27, 2023
“Where can you still find Americans who say true things? There aren’t many places left but there are some, and that’s enough. As long as you can hear the words, there is hope,” Carlson added.