A top writer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson has just lost his career.
The Guardian reported Saturday that Fox brass announced in an internal memo that a writer for Carlson who was found to have repeatedly posted offensive content in an online forum had stepped down.
“We want to make abundantly clear that Fox News Media strongly condemns this horrific racist, misogynistic, and homophobic behavior,” the memo read in part, according to The Guardian.
“Cannot and will not be tolerated”
The statement, put forth by Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and executive editor Jay Wallace, unabashedly named Blake Neff, a writer for Carlson who, according to The Guardian, posted comments to the internet forum AutoAdmit that the Fox executives called “horrendous and deeply offensive.” The comments were discovered as part of an investigative report by CNN, The Guardian reported.
Neff reportedly posted the comments under the screen name “CharlesXII.”
“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,” Scott and Wallace wrote in their statement.
According to the Fox executives, Carlson himself is set to address the issue on Monday’s episode of his hit program, Tucker Carlson Tonight.
“Make no mistake, actions such as his cannot and will not be tolerated at any time in any part of our work force,” they wrote in their memo.
Take a look:
Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and Executive Editor Jay Wallace tell staffers Tucker Carlson will address the Blake Neff matter on Monday’s show: pic.twitter.com/0FGPindUaH
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) July 11, 2020
The past and the future
According to The New York Times, Neff himself declined a request for comment. The writer had previously worked for the Daily Caller, an online conservative news outlet founded by Carlson, the Times noted, adding that Neff’s posts to the site “mocked and denigrated African Americans, Asian Americans, and women, and he contributed to message threads in which other writers used racial slurs.”
As the Times reported, citing Forbes, Carlson has long remained one of the most popular anchors on Fox and in all of cable news. And despite his recent criticism of hot-button issues like the Black Lives Matter movement and related protests, at the end of the second quarter of 2020, Carlson’s show was “the highest-rated program in all of cable news for the first time since the show’s launch, delivering an average total audience of 4.331 million viewers,” according to Forbes.
It remains to be seen what the Fox host will have to say about his now-former writer’s commentary on Monday night.