“The ‘talent’ at the Fox News Channel has never been the star. Glenn Beck wasn’t the star in 2009 when he generated the largest viewership Fox had ever seen in the 5 p.m. hour. Bill O’Reilly, Carlson’s predecessor on the Fox schedule and the previous king of cable news, the subject of a zillion magazine profiles and the instigator of a tubful of moral panics, wasn’t the star, either. Both of them were carried out with the tide to positions of broadcast irrelevance when Fox tired of them, a longitude and latitude Carlson now finds himself in.” Jack Shafer: Tucker Carlson’s Exit Shows Who’s the Real Star at Fox. (If you’re a racist, misogynist, phony tough-guy commications major with white nationalist tendencies with willingness to take any position if it makes your former bullies think you’re slightly less of a wuss, this is your moment to send Rupert a resumé.)

+ You probably don’t know why Tucker was fired. Neither does he. Gabe Sherman in Vanity Fair: Tucker Carlson Was Blindsided by Fox News Firing. “Carlson has told people he believes his controversial show is being taken off the air because the Murdoch children intend to sell Fox News at some point.” (Succession is looking more realistic every day.)

+ If you missed it yesterday, people seemed to enjoy my rundown of how this whole tucking thing got so tucked up. Tuck Off.

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