Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson is reportedly considering a move that could shake up the Republican presidential nominating process in 2024. According to sources, Carlson has aspirations of moving into a larger role that would allow him to have a prominent voice in the upcoming election cycle. To achieve this, Carlson is considering moderating his own GOP candidate forum, which would be independent of the Republican National Committee debate system.
The plan would certainly be a test of Carlson’s influence over conservative politics, as well as a challenge to his former employer, Fox News. The network is hosting the first official primary debate, which Donald Trump has threatened to boycott.
Carlson is said to be working hard to avoid the fate of other former Fox News stars who, after leaving the network, have found successful roles but not nearly as much influence as they once had. To this end, he has reportedly been approached by multiple smaller cable news networks including One America News, Newsmax, and Valuetainment.
Despite his current contract with Fox News running until the end of 2024, sources close to Carlson suggest that he may be willing to accept a lesser amount than he is owed in order to re-enter the media game sooner than that. While any possible deal would boil down to unresolved questions of money and editorial control, the Valuetainment CEO Patrick Bet-David has reportedly offered Carlson $100 million over five years and full editorial control of the largely streaming network.
Carlson’s ambitious plan is generating a lot of buzz and excitement among passionate Republican voters who are looking for a fresh voice in the upcoming election cycle. If he does move forward with moderating his own GOP candidate forum, it could be a game-changer that shakes up the entire political landscape in 2024.