A top writer on Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s team has resigned after comments he allegedly wrote online under a pseudonym in years past were reported by CNN.
According to a report from CNN Business’ Oliver Darcy, Blake Neff once claimed, “Anything [Carlson is] reading off the teleprompter, the first draft was written by me.”
He will no longer be able to make that claim after being forced to resign from Carlson’s staff.
CNN’s report linked Neff to numerous offensive posts that were made on AutoAdmit, an online forum, under the pseudonym CharlesXII. The comments included crude and offensive comments about African Americans and Asians, according to CNN.
Fox News responds
Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace issued a memo on Saturday condemning the “horrific racist, misogynistic and homophobic behavior.”
“Neff’s abhorrent conduct on this forum was never divulged to the show or the network until Friday, at which point we swiftly accepted his resignation,” they said.
“Make no mistake, actions such as his cannot and will not be tolerated at any time in any part of our work force,” they concluded.
What was he thinking?
Neff was one of his top writers, and was even credited for research in Carlson’s book, “Ship of Fools,” CNN reported.
This has to be frustrating for Carlson, whose success has already made him a magnet for attacks from the left.
While Carlson’s critics have often been successful at getting ads pulled from his show, it’s never been enough to get Carlson off the air.
In fact, Carlson has the highest-rated show in cable news right now.
Carlson has yet to comment on the findings and/or Neff’s resignation but is expected to do so during his show Monday night.