Analysis: What’s Tucker Carlson’s Next Move?

Tucker Carlson may be off the air, but he remains a major influence on the right. The former Fox News host was recently seen at work in Maine not long after announcing a plan to return to the air on Twitter, leading to speculation about what comes next.

Carlson’s home in Maine hosted a remote studio which was dismantled by Fox officials after his dismissal last month. 

The former host is reportedly rebuilding the studio in a former barn. 

The supervisor on site, Patrick Feeney told the British Daily Mail that Fox “took the set and everything, all the equipment, the chairs, the desk, the fake walls, everything.” 

Carlson was photographed by the newspaper’s American branch holding an ask to aid in the reconstruction.

Carlson regularly led not only Fox’s ratings but all of cable news. His dismissal led to a significant amount of criticism from conservatives, many of whom saw him as the right’s leading figure in the press.

However, one thing appears clear: Tucker Carlson isn’t running for president, at least not in 2024. Fans started an effort to draft the anchor to run for the White House.

However, Carlson himself rejected the effort. Carlson’s attorney Harmeet Dhillon wrote a letter stating that he would “not run for President in 2024 under any circumstances, and therefore your misrepresentations are damaging to Mr. Carlson and defrauding his supporters.”

A spokesman for the group agreed to stop all activity.

The popular former Fox News host is allegedly considering legal action against his former network. A reputed letter from Carlson’s legal team accuses Fox of fraud and breach of contract. This included the fact that the host’s contract was to run out in January 2025. 

In addition, the letter accused Fox officials of breaking promises “intentionally and with reckless disregard for the truth.” Carlson was reportedly told by a Fox board member that his dismissal was related to the recent settlement between the network and Dominion Voting Systems.

Carlson’s recent announcement that he would operate a version of his show on Twitter received considerable attention. As of late May, the video had nearly a million likes on Twitter and more than 130 million views.