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Trump lamenting Tucker Carlson’s Exit from Fox News: ‘Shocked,’ ‘Surprised’

People in politics and people who just watch politics had a lot to say about Tucker Carlson's sudden departure from Fox News on Monday. One of them was ex-President Donald Trump.

In an interview that aired on Newsmax TV's "Greg Kelly Reports" on Monday, former President Donald Trump said he was shocked by Fox News Channel's choice to part ways with Tucker Carlson.

Trump said that he was also surprised that Fox News settled with Dominion, but he also suggested that Carlson might have left FNC because he wasn't given free reign.

“Well, I’m shocked,” he said. “I’m surprised. He’s a very good person, a very good man, very talented, as you know. And he had very high ratings … I don’t if it was voluntary or was somebody fired. But I think Tucker has been terrific, especially over the last year or so. He’s been terrific to me.”

“I was surprised they made a settlement on that case,” Trump added. “That was a case should easily be won, and they made a settlement. Look, you’ll have to ask them. I’m not representing them at all by any means. But the Tucker situation — look, you don’t know if it was a firing. Maybe he left because he wasn’t being given his free rein. He wants free rein, maybe. But I was surprised by it.”

Trump also took to social media to add his voice to those lamenting Carlson’s exit while wishing him well.

“The fact that Tucker Carlson will no longer be on FoxNews is a big blow to Cable News, and to America. Tucker was insightful, interesting, and ratings gold. He will be greatly missed!” he said on his own Truth Social network:

As was said, Fox News quickly told the opinion anchor and commentator who hosted the popular show Tucker Carlson Tonight that they would no longer work together.

“FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways,” the press release making the departure public read. “We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor.”

Former President Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson and Marjorie Taylor Greene during the 3rd round of the LIV Golf Invitational Series Bedminster on July 31, 2022 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. (Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“Mr. Carlson’s last program was Friday April 21,” the company added. “Fox News Tonight will air live at 8 PM/ET starting this evening as an interim show helmed by rotating FOX News personalities until a new host is named.”

Trump’s praise for Carlson on social media followd that of his son earlier in the day.

“Confirmed: Tucker Carlson out at Fox News. OMG,” Donald Trump Jr. wrote:

When the company said it was getting rid of the famous conservative host, shares of Fox Corporation dropped sharply.

After the news came out, shares fell by as much as 5.1%. Since then, they have made up some of that ground.

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