Former NFL quarterback and Hall of Famer Brett Favre is calling for a boycott of Fox News after its firing of popular conservative host Tucker Carlson.
It has been reported that Fox News executives are trying to keep Carlson sidelined during the 2024 presidential election as the former host tries to negotiate an exit package.
According to Matthew Boyle from Breitbart News, Tucker is under contract until January 2025, and “they’re not allowing him to go out there and do something else.”
“They refuse to release him from the contract and negotiate an exit at this time,” Boyle reported. “The Murdoch family is trying to keep him silent.”
Favre, a three-time NFL MVP, posted a statement on Monday in support of Carlson. On Twitter he wrote, “I’m with Tucker. Time to boycott Fox until they come to their senses and let the man speak.”
Accompanying this tweet is a video of talk show host Megyn Kelly urging her viewers to boycott Fox News until they allow Carlson to speak.
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Kelly warned that Fox is “banking” on its viewers “coming back to them” and forgiving them for ousting Carlson simply because no other major news outlet will report on the major conservative news during the primaries.
“They are banking on you coming back to them,” said Kelly, speaking directly to her viewers. “They’ve got a debate in August. You can’t resist. You’ll go. They’re banking on it.”
“DeSantis is likely to announce this month. You’re gonna turn on Fox News. You can’t go to CNN. You’re not gonna go to Nesmax. You’re not gonna go to digital media. You’re gonna tune in to the Fox News primetime… It’s how they have billions.”
“That’s what’s happening here,” she continued. “Keep [Carlson] silent on the sidelines for as long as possible, unable to use his voice on any of these things. On Fox, on politics, on anything.”
I’m with Tucker. Time to boycott Fox until they come to their senses and let the man speak. pic.twitter.com/dvrNlLdvgW
— Brett Favre (@BrettFavre) May 8, 2023
Carlson was one of Fox News’s most-watched hosts on the network, and since his firing the ratings for his former 8 p.m. slot have fallen significantly since he was ousted from the network.
Potential 2024 presidential candidate Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) recently addressed Carlson’s firing, praising the former host and condemning the decision made by the news network.
“Tucker Carlson is a fantastic individual,” said DeSantis in an interview with Newsmax. “I think the show was fantastic. I think it’s terrible that he was fired. I think there’s more to it. I don’t really think it was about Tucker, I think it was about some of this other stuff that’s going on with Fox.”