Tucker Carlson has broken his silence for the first time since his abrupt departure from Fox News, posting a video to Twitter that did not directly address his reported firing.
Carlson was one of the network’s biggest stars, and gained a large following while spouting xenophobic and racist rhetoric on his show, Tucker Carlson Tonight. He left Fox News without explanation on Monday. News outlets have reported that Carlson was fired on the personal order of Fox owner Rupert Murdoch for, among other things, using vulgar language to describe a female executive.
On Wednesday, Carlson shared a cryptic two-minute video on his Twitter account that did not explain his exit, but offered sweeping complaints about the state of American discourse. He said what he noticed “when you step away from the noise for a few days,” is how nice some people are.
“The other thing you notice when you take a little time off is how unbelievably stupid most of the debates you see on television are,” he added. “They’re completely irrelevant. They mean nothing. In five years we won’t even remember what we heard. Trust me, as somebody who participated.”
Fox hasn’t commented publicly on why it cut ties with Carlson, but it came after Fox News last week agreed to pay voting equipment company Dominion $787.5m to settle a high-profile defamation lawsuit.
Carlson’s stunning departure is reportedly connected to a lawsuit filed by his former senior booking producer Abby Grossberg, who claims she faced sexism and a hostile work environment.
Fox News said in an official statement that Carlson and the network had “mutually” agreed to separate.
On Monday, Fox News immediately replaced Carlson’s slot with a rotating roster of hosts until a permanent replacement could be found, the network said. In his video on Wednesday, Carlson implied his fans had not seen the last of him.
“Where can you still find Americans saying true things?” he said. “There aren’t many places left but there are some and that’s enough. As long as you can hear the words, there is hope. See you soon.”
Associated Press contributed to this story