Monday, the revelation that Fox News had ousted America’s #1 cable news host, Tucker Carlson, shocked the country.
The puzzling move – which has already led to the company losing billions in market value – signals a new era at Fox, the network built from the ground up by controversial conservative firebrand Roger Ailes.
Many Fox viewers expected Carlson’s longtime colleague, Sean Hannity, whose show has followed Tucker Carlson Tonight for years, to give his friend a long monologue of support.
Instead, Hannity deflected from the issue in its entirety, despite Tucker’s departure from the network being the top story in conservative media.
“We’re not talking about Tucker—I don’t really have any details on it,” Hannity said, before switching back to the subject of Don Lemon’s ouster at CNN.
“But he had a massive audience and has a huge following. This guy had nobody.”
Brian Kilmeade, tasked with filling the massive shoes of Carlson on the 8 p.m. primetime slot, also remained largely mum, giving the host very little support and a “pathetic” farewell.
Left-wing commentator Glenn Greenwald took to Twitter to explain why he believes Carlson, who he admires for challenging the status quo in American politics, is a target, while Hannity is not.