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Media company CEO offers Tucker Carlson $100 million deal

Tucker Carlson at a 2018 speech for Turning Point USA. (Gage Skidmore)
May 04, 2023

The CEO of a media company offered Tucker Carlson a whopping $100 million partnership deal on Tuesday in the wake of his sudden departure from Fox News.

Patrick Bet-David, CEO of Valuetainment, broke the news on former-Fox News host Megyn Kelly’s show before posting the offer on Twitter.

“Dear Tucker, I’ll get right to the point. We want you to partner with us in what we feel is a noble and necessary effort to define the future of media,” David wrote in an offer letter to Carlson.

The offer includes:

  • $100 million over 5 years
  • An equity stake in Valuetainment
  • President of Valuetainment and a board seat
  • Podcast(s) and other daily/weekly shows
  • Documentaries and movies “covering topics you care about”

Bet-David also left the offer open to negotiation, writing, “What else? We are all ears.”

“Our conviction about freedom, liberty, and truth run deep and we believe we are the absolute right fit for you and America,” he added. “While we may not be the biggest media company, we are a new media leader driving into the future to make truth, fair debate, and commentary more accessible, consumable, and protected. We are 100% serious about our offer.”

Last week, Carlson made his first public appearance since his exit from Fox News, posting a video on Twitter that appeared to hint at his future plans.

“When honest people say what’s true, calmly and without embarrassment, they become powerful,” Carlson said. “At the same time, the liars who’ve been trying to silence them shrink and they become weaker. That’s the iron law of the universe. True things prevail. Where can you still find Americans saying true things? There aren’t many places left, but there are some and that’s enough. As long as you can hear the words, there is hope. See you soon.”

It remains unclear why the popular host was fired by Fox News. Several theories have emerged, including one suggesting Carlson was let go over his religious views.  

According to Vanity Fair, a source said Fox Corp. chair Rupert Murdoch was behind Carlson’s removal, a move that was allegedly sparked by Carlson’s speech at the Heritage Foundation’s 50th Anniversary gala on Friday.

During the speech, Carlson said politics in America have come down to “good” and “evil” and encouraged people to pray.

“We should say that and stop engaging in these totally fraudulent debates…I’ve tried. That doesn’t work,” Carlson said. “I have concluded it might be worth taking just 10 minutes out of your busy schedule to say a prayer for the future, and I hope you will.”

Murdoch reportedly found Carlson’s speech extreme due to its religious overtones.