Top-rated Fox News primetime host Tucker Carlson will be taking a break from his program, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” for the rest of the week, but he assured his viewers that his impending absence has nothing to do with the recent controversy over a former writer.
Carlson revealed at the end of his show on Monday that he is leaving for a “long-planned” trout fishing trip for the next four days, the Washington Examiner reported.
The announcement came after Carlson addressed the controversy spurred by CNN’s recent exposé of offensive comments posted anonymously on an online forum by one of Carlson’s top writers, who resigned from the show on Friday.
At the conclusion of his final segment, Carlson said, “Well, we’re out of time. Gonna spend the next four days trout fishing. Long-planned. This is one of those years where if you don’t get it in now you’re probably not going to.
He implied that he’d return from his break early if “something dramatic” happened over the next few days.
In his absence, “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade will be filling in as a guest host.
Carlson further noted that he had some pre-taped segments ready to go while he was gone and that he would “be back on Monday, if not before.”
Earlier on Monday’s program, The Hill reported, Carlson directly addressed the CNN report about his writer, Blake Neff.
Neff had already been strongly condemned by Fox News executives in a weekend statement, and Carlson stated, “What Blake wrote anonymously was wrong.”
“We don’t endorse those words. They have no connection to the show. It is wrong to attack people for qualities they cannot control. In this country, we judge people for what they do, not for how they were born,” he continued.
“But we should also point out to the ghouls now beating their chests in triumph at the destruction of a young man, that self-righteousness also has its costs,” Carlson said in a direct shot across the bow of the media figures celebrating Neff’s downfall.
“We are all human. When we pretend that we are holy, we are lying. When we pose as blameless in order to hurt other people, we are committing the gravest sin of all. And we will be punished for it. There’s no question,” he added.