Megyn Kelly, a former Fox News star and current SiriusXM podcast host, believes her former employer is sabotaging Tucker Carlson after the network removed him from the air last week.
In addition, she believes she knows who is responsible.
This week, Kelly made comments on her program in response to a video footage of Tucker Carlson appearing to criticize Fox’s streaming service, Fox Nation, during a phone call with a potential guest. The recording was leaked to the far-left website Media Matters for America.
Carlson remarked that “nobody watches Fox Nation because the site sucks,” adding, “I’m just frustrated with it. It’s hard to use that site. I don’t know why they’re not fixing it. It’s driving me insane.”
Another recording that cast Carlson in a negative light was leaked to the New York Times, which has a liberal bias.
Monday on her program, Kelly implied that Fox’s senior executive vice president of corporate communications, Irena Briganti, was responsible for the disclosures.
“So [Fox News] first leaked to the New York Times,” Kelly said while she interviewed Libs of TikTok founder Chaya Raichik.
“This is my supposition for the record because it hasn’t been yet confirmed, but I know it is. And I know it’s Irena Briganti who runs comms and f***ing hates Tucker. Sorry. She hates his guts,” Kelly added, noting futher that it’s “mutual” for Carlson.
“He doesn’t like her either,” she said. “None of us do. Nobody likes Irena.”
Why is FOX leaking private recordings of @TuckerCarlson to left wing Media Matters??
People are saying this is coming from Fox’s head of PR Irena Briganti.
FOX is being destroyed! pic.twitter.com/TzV4nnpAKR
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) May 1, 2023
A spokesperson for Fox News, according to the Western Journal, described her theory as “completely false and an outright lie.”
Kelly continued by indicating that Fox News is willing to do whatever it takes to prevent Carlson from taking his audience to a rival network such as Newsmax.
“This is all an orchestrated hit job, in my opinion, and it’s not a subtle one,” she said, noting further that Fox’s efforts are likely falling short. “Nice try, Fox!”
According to a report published by Rolling Stone last week in the aftermath of Carlson’s dismissal, the network’s leadership has compiled a secret “oppo file” of dirt on Carlson that it plans to use if he sues the network.
The report cited eight Fox News employees who claimed to be aware of a data file that could be used to tarnish Tucker Carlson’s reputation if the network believed he had breached a line.
In a statement announcing Fox News’ decision to cut ties with Carlson, the outlet said: “FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways. We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor.”
It added: “Mr. Carlson’s last program was Friday, April 21st.”
Briganti was the first name to appear below the published statement. According to Rolling Stone, the “notoriously aggressive” Briganti has maintained “oppo files” on talent and contributors for a significant amount of time.
Initial reports indicated that the breakup was amicable and mutual, but Rolling Stone claims a source claims Carlson departed on “the worst” and “messiest possible terms.”
More on this story via Conservative Brief:
“Eight people familiar with the situation tell Rolling Stone that Fox News and its communications department — long led by the notoriously aggressive Irena Briganti — has assembled damaging information about Carlson,” Rolling Stone reported. CONTINUE READING…