Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s first Twitter show on Tuesday night went viral, generating more than 85 million “views” in less than 24 hours.
In a 10-minute-long monologue, Tucker made reference to the destruction of a dam in Ukraine. He also claimed that legacy news outlets have ignored the “bombshell of the millennium” after a government whistleblower revealed that spacecraft made by non-human intelligence have been recovered by governments around the world.
“Nobody knows what’s happening. A small group of people control accesses to all relevant information. And the rest of us don’t know. We’re allowed to yap all we want about racism, but go ahead and talk about something that really matters and see what happens. If you keep it up, they’ll make you be quiet. Trust us. That’s how they maintain control,” Carlson stated.
Toward the end of the show, Carlson suggested that he would leave the platform if Twitter opts to censor him. Carlson then signed off the show, now called “Tucker on Twitter,” saying that he will be back on the platform with “much more, very soon.”
“As of today, we have come to Twitter, which we hope will be the short wave radio under the blankets,” Carlson, who spoke in what appeared to be a home studio, said toward the end of the video. “We’re told there are no gatekeepers here. If that turns out to be false, we’ll leave. But in the meantime, we’re grateful to be here.”
Fox News in late April confirmed in a news release that it had parted ways with Carlson even though he hosted one of the top shows on the cable news channel. Neither Fox nor Carlson has disclosed the reasons for his departure, and Carlson continued to remain mum about what happened during the Twitter show, making no reference to his former employer.
In the first month without Carlson, Fox News’ ratings took a hit, according to Nielsen data. The network has seen a 37 percent year-over-year decline to 1.42 million during the primetime hours of 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., while left-wing competitor MSNBC saw its ratings increase to 1.16 million primetime viewers, or a 14 percent gain year-over-year, in May.
Last month, Carlson said he would be bringing his show to Twitter, although it’s not clear yet whether it will come in nightly installments. Current Twitter owner Elon Musk appeared to welcome him to the platform on June 6.