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Top podcaster Joe Rogan weighed in on Tucker Carlson’s sudden departure from Fox News while in his prime as the highest-rated cable news host.
Rogan, who has a $200 million contract over roughly 3 years, single-handedly dwarfs the viewership of major media outlets. In comparison, Forbes reported that Carlson was earning closer to $20 million annually.
Rogan suggests Carlson will start an independent show or podcast, and receive a contract with Rumble. “Do you have any idea how big that would be?” Rogan explained.
Joe Rogan suggests that Tucker Carlson should head to Rumble after Fox: “He’s designed for the internet…maybe Rumble makes a deal with him. Do you have any f***ing idea how big that would be?” pic.twitter.com/pZvrRHnncM
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“If I was a person in a position of power and a wildcard like Tucker Carlson got released from Fox News and maybe Rumble makes a deal with him or something like that,” Rogan said.
Rogan argued that Carlson is “designed for the internet,” and says he will move to an independent platform.
The CEO of Newsmax also mentioned a salary in the ballpark of $25 million if Carlson joined the network.
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Rogan also suggested that Fox News “paid off” Carlson to avoid possible issues stemming from his contract, which could have triggered a lawsuit.
“But, if I was Fox News, that’s the last thing I would want,” he added. “So I would make sure that we have him locked up for the entire term of some contract, some no-compete, and pay him off.”
“You’d be better off just giving him the same amount of money he made when he was on the air than you would if he was opposing you.”
“They’re smart. They’re not stupid,” he added, referring to Fox News executives who knew the firing would be shocking to many people.
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Rumble has not signaled any interest in bringing Carlson to the platform. Chris Pavlovski, CEO of the online video-sharing service popular among conservatives, declined to comment on the matter during a “Twitter Spaces” on Monday.
However, several conservative news networks, including Newsmax, The Blaze, and One America News Network (OAN), have weighed the possibility of hiring the 53-year-old news personality.
Megyn Kelly, a former Fox News host who now hosts a satellite radio show/podcast, told Newsmax that Carlson might go the independent route, saying “He will no longer answer to a corporate master. He will be free to say whatever he wants to say, within the bounds of defamation law, of course, and he’ll be totally unleashed.”