Tucker Carlson’s biographer says Fox News dismissed the popular prime-time host as a condition for settling a lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems.
Chadwick Moore said in a video promoting the upcoming book that the coinciding actions — Fox settled Dominion’s defamation case for an eye-popping $787.5 million on April 18 and suddenly dismissed Mr. Carlson on April 24 — were not a coincidence.
“It has now been reported that his firing was a condition demanded by Dominion as part of a settlement with Fox. Although Dominion has denied this, my sources have intimate knowledge of the situation and they have assured me … that that is in fact the truth,” Mr. Moore said.
Fox has refused to say whether it dismissed Mr. Carlson at Dominion’s demand.
The case accused the network of airing numerous false claims about Dominion’s voting machines. Fox had argued that it was bringing its viewers newsworthy statements made by key public figures as part of its 2020 election coverage.
In addition to working on a biography of Mr. Carlson, Mr. Moore had been a regular guest on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and had coincidentally appeared on the last show to air.
He said Monday the case was a political hit job on Mr. Carlson.
“If that is true,” he said of the report his sources confirmed, “it would mean that a small group of people who have a controlling interest in Dominion have managed to silence what is arguably the most important and influential conservative voice in the country.”
Mr. Moore’s book, “Tucker: The Biography,” has a planned release date of July 18 and already is available for pre-order.
Mr. Carlson said in a May 9 video that he plans to restart his show on Twitter, calling it the last remaining major media platform allowing free speech. Complicating the move is that Mr. Carlson is currently under contract with Fox News.
His attorney has claimed in a letter, according to the Wall Street Journal, that Fox breached its contract with the host and asked the network to preserve all documents related to his ouster.
• Valerie Richardson contributed to this report.