Fox News Bosses Quietly Convened with Zelenskyy Just Weeks Before Axing Tucker Carlson: Report

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Weeks before Tucker Carlson was fired from Fox News, Fox Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch spoke privately with one of Carlson’s favorite on-air targets, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, according to a new report.

The report Sunday from Semafor did not suggest Carlson was fired by Fox News for opposing U.S. involvement in Ukraine’s war with Russia, something he had done for more than a year.

However, it adds to a series of reports indicating that everything from the way Carlson spoke about religion to private messages revealed during discovery in a lawsuit collectively put distance between the lords of Fox and Carlson.

The report said Zelenskyy’s conversation with Murdoch this spring came along with one with his son, Lachlan Murdoch, who directly oversees Fox News, on March 15.

Semafor reported that although Ukrainian officials had made their concerns about Carlson’s opposition to U.S. aid for Ukraine clear to Fox executives, “Zelenskyy did not raise it on the calls with the Murdochs, according to one person familiar with the details of the calls.”

The April 24 dismissal of the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host is expected to make life easier for pro-Ukraine Republicans, the report said.

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