Tucker Carlson Responds to Trump VP Speculation, Launches Streaming Service

The former Fox News star made the announcement on social media.
Tucker Carlson Responds to Trump VP Speculation, Launches Streaming Service
Ex-Fox News host Tucker Carlson speaks during 2022 FOX Nation Patriot Awards at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in Hollywood, Fla., on Nov. 17, 2022. (Jason Koerner/Getty Images)
Jack Phillips
12/11/2023
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12/12/2023
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Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson announced he is launching his own streaming service and website

“We’ve been working in secret and producing an awful lot of material for months now. We’re launching a brand-new thing very soon,” Mr. Carlson said in a post on X, formerly Twitter, over the past weekend as he debuted the website.

Since June, Mr. Carlson has been releasing videos on Elon Musk’s X platform, including a heavily watched video interview featuring former President Donald Trump. That video was released at the same time as the first Republican debate, which was held on Fox News and didn’t feature President Trump.

The former top-rated host “parted ways” with Fox News in April, although neither party has released many details about why he left. When reached for comment multiple times this year, multiple Fox spokespeople redirected The Epoch Times to the initial news release announcing his departure.

Carlson and his team had explored launching the streaming service through X, but the social media company was not able to move quickly enough to build out the technology needed for the service, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

He will continue to post the service’s free content on X, the report said.

Other than President Trump, Mr. Carlson has interviewed influencer Andrew Tate, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Douglas MacGregor, InfoWars host Alex Jones, and many others.

Carlson began airing episodes for a new show on X in early June. Fox News sent a cease-and-desist letter to Carlson shortly after the show first launched, according to Axios, after the network argued Carlson was violating his contract.

Responds to VP Questions

In a recent speech, Mr. Carlson responded to speculation that he could be President Trump’s vice presidential pick for 2024.

“God would have to yell at me very loud” to get him into the political arena and run for vice president, he said, according to multiple news outlets. He said that being around politicians would be “so repulsive to me.”

“To go from being, like, a well-paid street corner schizophrenic to, like, a politician—it’s just kind of hard to envision,” he also remarked. When asked by an audience member about whether he would become vice president, he said, “I have no interest in that,” according to a RealClearPolitics reporter.
The speculation about becoming the Trump vice presidential pick may have been sparked by anonymously sourced reports claiming that former First Lady Melania Trump wants Mr. Carlson to become the former president’s No. 2. However, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign told the New York Post that the report is “fiction.”

“The Axios story is pure fiction,” the spokesperson said. “Unless there is a formal announcement from President Trump or his campaign team, then it’s just speculation and not coming from us. President Trump is solely focused on winning the Republican nomination and then defeating Crooked Joe Biden in the general election.”

Last year, Mr. Carlson told the news outlet Semafor that he has “zero ambition” to run for president, although that comment came before he departed Fox News.

“I have zero ambition, not just politically, but in life,” Mr. Carlson said. “My ambition is to write my script by 8:00 p.m. And I’m not just saying that, as anyone who works with me or knows me, I don’t think that way. I don’t want power. I’ve never wanted power. I’m annoyed by things, I want them to change, but I’ve never been motivated by the desire to control people.”

Regarding President Trump’s bid, Mr. Carlson said last month that he became a staunch supporter of the former president after the FBI raided the Trump Mar-a-Lago residence last year and seized allegedly classified documents. The former president now faces a trial—and has pleaded not guilty—over the classified documents case, which is being held in Florida.

Former president Donald Trump speaks with Tucker Carlson in a pre-recorded interview aired on debate night on Aug. 23, 2023. (Tucker Carlson/X via The Epoch Times)
Former president Donald Trump speaks with Tucker Carlson in a pre-recorded interview aired on debate night on Aug. 23, 2023. (Tucker Carlson/X via The Epoch Times)

“I certainly support Trump, I can tell you, well I’ve always agreed with Trump’s policies, always, and I’ve lost friends over it,” Mr. Carlson said during a recent interview with comedian Rosanne Barr. “And I’ve never really actively supported anybody because it’s not my job to actively support people, I like to watch, you know … but I became an active Trump supporter when they raided Mar-a-Lago last summer, the summer of 2022. That can’t stand.”

He added that the race is “bigger than Trump, it’s bigger than Biden. It’s a question of do you want to live in a free country with a functioning justice system. So I’m voting for Trump, and if they convict him, I will send him the max donations and I will lead protests. That’s how I feel.”

In November, the former president, during an appearance on the Clay Travis and Buck Sexton show, said that he would consider Mr. Carlson as a running mate.

“I like Tucker a lot, I guess I would,” he said. “I think I’d say I would because he’s got great common sense.”

Reuters contributed to this report.
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter with 15 years experience who started as a local New York City reporter. Having joined The Epoch Times' news team in 2009, Jack was born and raised near Modesto in California's Central Valley. Follow him on X: https://twitter.com/jackphillips5
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