The cable news landscape was rocked this week when Fox News confirmed that it had “parted ways” with longtime on-air personality Tucker Carlson.
Despite hosting the network’s highest-rated program, Carlson received conspicuously little attention, even by Brian Kilmeade, who filled in during the 8 p.m. time slot left vacant by the staff shakeup.
One Fox News figure did decide to weigh in, however, and it sparked some fierce criticism from viewers and at least one current network host.
Geraldo Rivera tweeted on Wednesday that he does not “wish ill on anybody” before taking aim at Carlson’s coverage of the Jan. 6, 2021, protest on Capitol Hill.
U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) delivered footage of the protest to Carlson, who subsequently aired portions that seemed to contradict the prevailing leftist narrative that participants were interested in causing chaos and engaging in an “insurrection.”
According to Rivera, however, Carlson’s take on Jan. 6 can be summed up in one word: “bulls—.”
“Having lost the election President Trump incited an insurrection that sought to undermine our Constitutional process,” Rivera added, which sparked a flurry of disapproving responses — including from fellow Fox News personality Greg Gutfeld.
You’re a class act Geraldo. A real man of the people. https://t.co/20LOwVzXwS
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) April 26, 2023
A number of Twitter users poked fun at various infamous moments from Rivera’s career, with at least one critic concluding that he “is such a loser.”
Another user used his remarks to amplify calls for a Fox News Channel boycott, tweeting: “Fox gets rid of Tucker and keeps you. That’s all I needed to hear.”
Neither side has confirmed the reason for Carlson’s ouster, but in a video released on Wednesday, the former Fox News host signaled that he is planning his return, signing off by telling viewers that he would “see you soon.”
The message signaled his dissatisfaction with the state of politics and media in general, asserting: “Both political parties and their donors have reached consensus on what benefits them and they actively collude to shut down any conversation about it. Suddenly the United States looks very much like a one-party state. That’s a depressing realization, but it’s not permanent.”
For its part, Fox News issued a short statement thanking Carlson “for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor.”