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- Tucker Carlson is talking with right-wing outlets about his next career move, according to Axios.
- He has reportedly talked to Newsmax and Rumble while his lawyers work to break his Fox contract.
- Axios also reported that Carlson has met with Twitter CEO Elon Musk, who has previously expressed support for right-wing views.
Tucker Carlson has had at least one conversation with Elon Musk about working together, according to a new report from Axios.
However, the former Fox News commentator and billionaire Twitter and Tesla CEO reportedly did not discuss the specifics of what such an arrangement could look like, per Axios.
Rumblings of their discussion comes as Axios further reports that Carlson is teaming with allies to break his Fox contract, which currently runs through 2025 and prevents him from working with other outlets. Carlson and recently-fired CNN anchor Don Lemon have both retained the same lawyer, Bryan Freedman, to settle disputes with their former employers.
“The idea that anyone is going to silence Tucker and prevent him from speaking to his audience is beyond preposterous,” Freedman told Axios.
Musk has said in the past he has voted for both Democrats and Republicans, but during the 2022 primaries urged independent voters to lean Republican to prevent a Democrat majority.
Social media extremism experts previously told Insider that Musk often uses his Twitter to amplify right-wing messaging. He also frequently interacts with right-wing commenttors on Twitter like Mike Cernovich and accounts with names like “End Wokeness“.
Axios reported that Carlson has been in contact with conservative outlets like Newsmax and Rumble, and is also considering starting his own website to reach an audience like his predecessor, Bill O’Reilly.
The weeks since Carlson’s firing have been filled with leaks from his time at Fox, from texts he sent describing his violent thoughts watching a group of “Trump guys” attack an “antifa kid” to video of Carlson asking one of his makeup artists whether the women of Fox News had “pillow fights” in the bathroom.
Carlson has been quiet publicly about his still relatively unexplained departure, so far only making brief comments to a Daily Mail reporter and sharing a video on Twitter on April 26 just after 8 p.m. — his old time slot at Fox, which has seen its ratings dip since he left.
Freedman, as well as representatives for Twitter and Tesla, did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Insider sent Sunday afternoon.