On Monday, Tucker Carlson’s legal team reportedly said their client will not abide with a cease-and-desist order received by his former employer about Carlson’s fledgling Twitter show.
According to reports, Carlson received a letter from Fox News insisting that his contract with the firm had a noncompete clause that forbade him from creating material as long as the company kept paying him. It will remain in force until the end of 2024.
However, Carlson claims that Fox has already violated the terms of the agreement by disclosing his personal correspondence and film of his off-air remarks on the set.
Since then, reports have claimed that Fox was not the source of the disclosures. Federal agents in connection with them searched media consultant Tim Burke’s Florida home late last month.
169 million people watched the first two episodes of Carlson’s new project, “Tucker on Twitter,” on the social media site.
In a statement Carlson’s Lawyer, Harmeet Dhillon, sounded a defiant tone:
“Fox News continues to ignore the interests of its viewers, not to mention its shareholder obligations” by “doubling down on the most catastrophic programming decision in the history of the cable news industry” and “demanding that Tucker Carlson be silent until after the 2024 election.” the statement read.
“Tucker will not be silenced by anyone. He is a singularly important voice on matters of public interest in our country, and will remain so.” it concluded