Report: Fox Facing More Bad News With Layoffs, 'Frantic' Corporate Leadership (UPDATE )

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I think it’s fair to say that cutting Tucker Carlson from its lineup has had a pretty bad effect on Fox News.

Fox has taken some big hits in the ratings and the base is royally ticked off, with many saying they’ve given up on the network.


On Friday, there was a report that the remaining staffers who had worked with Tucker Carlson were going to be “frog-marched” out the door, seemingly treating the employees badly who had done so much for the network with Carlson, with HR waiting outside the show when they finished on Friday to walk them out. One producer reportedly called it “degrading.” (Click the tweet to read in full.)

Carlson commented on it during his interview with Glenn Beck during the Family Leadership Summit, where Carlson interviewed several of the 2024 Republican candidates.

Tucker said you should always be loyal to people who have been loyal to you, and it was “disgusting”—although probably “par” for the course in corporate America, and that was a “sin.”

But now, Carlson’s biographer Chadwick Moore reports that there were more “company-wide” layoffs quietly happening at Fox.


According to a current senior producer at Fox News there are company-wide layoffs happening right now that no one is reporting on. “Morale miserable across teams on both news and opinion,” the producer says.

Producers are also feeling “insulted” about getting 0 or 1% increases the same week Abby Grossberg got $12m “for helping force out Tucker.”

The source also says shows are getting “frantic, bipolar guidance almost daily on blacklisted and unblacklisted guests, including sitting members of the Senate.”

We reported layoffs in May, after Carlson was cut in April. They’re also having to deal with the Dominion settlement.

Now, Rolling Stone is reporting that the floundering network is dispensing with its investigative unit in an effort to trim costs — with more layoffs potentially looming.

“The rank and file journalists are getting let go. Meanwhile, upper management are sitting pretty while they are the execs responsible for the Dominion debacle,” one Fox employee tells Rolling Stone, which has confirmed the unit has been axed. “We are the sacrificial lambs.”

“Yes, [layoffs] have happened,” another staffer confirms. “And continue to happen.”

Looks like this might be some of those “more layoffs potentially looming,” if this new report is correct. If they’re still having to lay people off, that’s sounding like they have big problems. They tried to recover from their Carlson debacle, coming out with a new evening lineup, but it’s going to be hard to replace Carlson, who leaves a pretty big hole.


Meanwhile, Tucker Carlson seems to be getting the last laugh on them. He was great at putting some of the Republican candidates through tough questioning and some — like former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and former Vice President Mike Pence — imploded in the process. Reports are that Carlson is starting a new media venture with his long-time friend Neil Patel, and is lining up financial backers for the endeavor. He’s not letting Fox’s cease-and-desist letter stop him. As his attorney Harmeet Dhillon said, Tucker will “not be silenced by anyone.”

UPDATE July 17, 5:00 PM EDT: A source with knowledge contacted RedState saying that there are no mass layoffs at Fox and that the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” team was offered enhanced severance with the ability to apply for other jobs within the company.


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