Elon Musk has suggested that Tucker Carlson could “prosper” on Twitter as an independent reporter after his sudden exit from Fox News.
Musk said that he wants Twitter to be a platform for “content creators” who can publish freely without censorship.
Speculation has been mounting over what Carlson will do next.
His show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” was a huge hit on Fox News and drew the biggest audience on cable news, often attracting over 3 million viewers per episode.
Carlson had been a fixture at Fox News since 2009 and had hosted his own primetime show from November 2016.
His final installment was last Friday after it was revealed on Monday that he had “agreed to part ways” with Fox News.
Now, networks are scrambling to sign the star anchor.
One America News Network (OANN) founder and CEO Rob Herring has already invited Carlson to begin discussing terms for joining his cable network.
Megyn Kelly, a former Fox News host who now hosts a satellite radio show/podcast, told Newsmax that Carlson might go the independent route.
“He will no longer answer to a corporate master,” she said.
“He will be free to say whatever he wants to say, within the bounds of defamation law, of course, and he’ll be totally unleashed.”
GRIT Capital founder and CEO Genevieve Roch-Decter waded into the speculation on Monday.
Roch-Decter suggested Musk could have a massive impact on the news media environment amid staffing changes at several media networks.
Musk’s recent acquisition of Twitter could be an opportunity to expand into news media, Roch-Decter argued.
“Tucker Carlson leaves Fox. Don Lemon leaves CNN. BuzzFeed News shuts down. NBC Universal CEO steps down,” Roch-Decter tweeted.
“The media landscape is shifting fast.
“Twitter and Elon Musk are set to become the new frontier.”
In a subsequent tweet, Roch-Decter said, “Elon Musk should hire Tucker Carlson and start a video service to compete with YouTube.”
The Twitter boss had a different proposal, however.
Musk replied: “Or we don’t hire anyone, but simply enable content creators to prosper on this platform without applying censorship that goes beyond the law.”
Or we don’t hire anyone, but simply enable content creators to prosper on this platform without applying censorship that goes beyond the law
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 24, 2023
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