Fox News' Tucker Carlson is once again in the hot seat over controversial comments, and Carlson is now on vacation until Aug. 19 as critics ramp up calls for an advertiser boycott. The latest flap is Carlson's assertion, in the wake of the El Paso mass shooting, that white supremacy is a "hoax" and not much of a problem in the US. Details and developments:
- His comments: Watch the full clip from Tuesday here. “This is a hoax, just like the Russia hoax," he says of white supremacy. "It’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power.” Watch a snippet from the next day here, in which Carlson asks people to "calm down" and acknowledges that while racism is a problem in the US, the country faces bigger issues, including a "fading middle class."
- Advertisers: Nestle had advertised on Carlson's show the last three months, but it now says it has "no plans to do so in the future," reports the Hollywood Reporter. A spokesperson didn't specifically cite the new comments. Meal kit service HelloFresh also said it wouldn't renew its ad buy on the show. HuffPost notes that Long John Silver's is also out.
- No firing expected: THR notes that Carlson isn't seeing the same advertiser exodus as late last year, when he asserted that immigrants made the US "poorer" and "dirtier." That's because the show now relies "more on smaller direct-marketing companies that are less likely to cut ties, though a few major brands—such as StarKist, Sandals Resorts, and Nutrisystem — have remained consistent advertisers." The bottom line: Carlson's job seems safe, writes Jeremy Barr.