Fox News is reportedly disbanding its investigative division in the aftermath of the firing of popular host Tucker Carlson. The reduction in staff could have major implications for the cable news giant.
According to a recent report in Rolling Stone citing an unnamed Fox employee, a number of “rank and file journalists” were laid off.
“We are the sacrificial lambs,” said the source.
The report cited that on-air talent would be keeping their jobs.
In addition, one former Fox News employee said that the channel was likely downsizing to save money due to the Dominion settlement.
Another source said that the cut positions have “nothing to do with Dominion.”
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Fox has not issued a formal statement regarding the layoffs as of Saturday’s reporting by Breitbart News.
Meanwhile, Carlson’s attorneys allegedly accused his former network of letting him go due to the almost $800 billion settlement with Dominion Voting Systems in April.
Dominion denied that it requested Carlson’s firing. Fox News said similarly.
Carlson is reportedly accusing Fox of both fraud and breach of contract.
The letter from Carlsons’ attorneys to Fox News alleged that the network broke previous promises not to settle the Dominion suit “in a way which would indicate wrongdoing by Carlson or would hurt his reputation.
According to sources who allegedly saw the letter, it read that Fox News’ actions “not only breached the covenant of good faith and fair dealing in the Agreement, but give rise to claims for breach of contract and intentional and negligent misrepresentation.”
The disagreement between Fox News and its former host also comes as Carlson announced a new show on Twitter.
Carlson said on the social media network that “we’ll be bringing a new version of the show we’ve been doing for the last six and a half years to Twitter.”
He also hinted at other changes, saying that there was more “we’ll tell you about.”
“But for now, we’re just grateful to be here,” he said.