FOX Corporation filed a cease and desist letter Friday to Media Matters after the organization published previously unaired footage of Tucker Carlson in a series titled “FOXLEAKS.”
“We write on behalf of FOX Corporation to clarify any misunderstandings Media Matters may have had regarding previously unaired footage that Media Matters has published in a series of articles headlined “FOXLEAKS.” That unaired footage is FOX’s confidential intellectual property; FOX did not consent to its distribution or publication; and FOX does not consent to its further distribution or publication,” said attorneys for FOX Corporation.
One of the videos titled, “FOXLEAKS: Tucker Carlson asks makeup artist if “pillow fights ever break out” in the women’s bathroom,” published on Thursday, shows Tucker Carlson being prepped for a show by a makeup artist and having a conversation.
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TUCKER CARLSON: Can I ask you a question? You don’t have to answer; it’s personal.
MAKEUP ARTIST: Mm-hmm.
CARLSON: I’m not speaking of you, but more in general with ladies; when they go to the ladies’ room and “powder their noses,” is there actually nose-powdering going on?
MAKEUP ARTIST: Sometimes.
CARLSON: Oooh. I like the sound of that.
MAKEUP ARTIST: Most of the time, it’s lipstick.
CARLSON: Do pillow fights ever break out? You don’t have to; you don’t have to.
MAKEUP ARTIST: Not in the bathroom.
CARLSON: OK. Not in the bathroom. That’d be more a dorm activity.
OFF-CAMERA VOICE: This is not in [UNINTELLIGIBLE] territory.
CARLSON: I’m sorry, [REDACTED]. You are such a good sport. Such a good person. Thank you. I know you do, but you do not deserve that. And I mean it with great affection.
“This proprietary material was given to you (Media Matters) without FOX’s authorization. FOX demands that Media Matters cease and desist from distribution, publication, and misuse of Fox’s misappropriated proprietary footage, which you are now on notice was unlawfully obtained. We reserve all rights and remedies,” said lawyers Friday.
On Monday, April 24, 2023, FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson agreed to part ways, according to a statement released by FOX News.
“We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor,” said Fox News in a statement.
“Mr. Carlson’s last program was Friday, April 21st. 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,” said Fox News in a statement.
Carlson joined Fox News in 2009 as a political analyst. He launched his own show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, in 2016. The show is one of the most popular on Fox News, and Carlson is one of the most influential conservative voices in the United States.
Some media outlets speculated that Fox News dumped its star host Tucker Carlson because of an ongoing hostile work environment lawsuit filed by a former producer of Carlson’s prime-time juggernaut broadcast.
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