Tucker Carlson Says He's Not Leaving Fox News

Tucker Carlson Says He's Not Leaving Fox News
Fox News host Tucker Carlson speaks in Washington on March 29, 2019. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Zachary Stieber

The most popular host on cable television news said Monday night that he's not leaving the network for which he works.

"Over the weekend, we got a lot of calls asking if we're leaving Fox News. Ironically, at that very moment, we were working on a project to expand the amount of reporting and analysis that we do in this hour across other parts of the company," Tucker Carlson said on Fox's "Tucker Carlson Tonight."

"This show isn't going anywhere. It's getting bigger. The people who run Fox News want more of it, not less, and we are grateful for that," he added.

Fox has faced fierce criticism from some conservatives for calling the state of Arizona on election night for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, despite hundreds of thousands of votes not being tallied.

The network also claimed Democrats would extend their majority in the House of Representatives—the call was off by about a dozen seats—and cut off White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany's news conference about the election.

President Donald Trump has increasingly criticized Fox, pointing supporters to Newsmax and One America News.

In the wake of the election, a fake screenshot purportedly showing a post from Parler, a social media website, saying Carlson was leaving Fox for Newsmax, a competitor, spread widely.

Carlson, 51, who has been mentioned as a potential 2024 GOP presidential candidate, routinely scores the highest ratings among cable news shows. His popularity stems from his attacks on the establishment, including some Republicans, and sensitive subjects, as well as his high-profile interviewees, a number of whom aren't brought on competing programs.

Fox's ratings dipped during election week but have since risen back up to number one, as of Nov. 13.

Carlson's show was the most-watched that night, with 3.8 million viewers, followed by Fox's "Hannity" and "The Five" and MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show."

Carlson was a journalist starting in the 1990s, working for The Weekly Standard. He has hosted shows on CNN and MSNBC and helped launch The Daily Caller.