Fox News host Tucker Carlson said that he is “enraged” about his private text messages about former President Trump to fellow network employees being released to the public because of the defamation lawsuit that Fox is currently facing.
During an appearance on WABC Radio, Carlson said that those texts were taken “completely illegitimately” and that his opinion regarding the case is not something that he is allowed to discuss at the moment, but that his private texts should not have been taken.
Earlier this month, the host’s text messages were made public as part of the lawsuit brought by Dominion Voting Systems against Fox. The company is suing the conservative media corporation for $1.6 billion after alleging that the company was aware that the claims made by Trump about the 2020 presidential election being stolen were false and still, they chose to promote them.
In one of the text messages Carlson had sent he had written about Trump that “I hate him passionately.” He had also said that they were “very very close to being able to ignore Trump most nights, I truly can’t wait.” It has not yet been identified to which employee Carlson had sent the messages.
However, during his appearance on the Radio, Carlson tried to defend himself by saying that “I love Trump. Like, as a person, I think Trump is funny and insightful,” but that he had just spent days defending his policies. He added that the filings were being “cherry-picked” by Dominion.