(SNews) – Tucker Carlson has put Rupert Murdoch on notice and hired a powerhouse lawyer after Fox News shocked the nation and sent the highest-rated host on cable packing with a terse announcement.
Carlson has hired Bryan Freedman, according to multiple media reports.
Freedman will deal with Fox News and the Murdoch family.
Until he was ousted on Monday, Carlson was earning around $20 million a year.
Freedman specializes in media disputes and has won big money for his past clients.
Carlson was still in contract when Murdoch personally ordered his firing and he will be entitled to have it paid in full.
Some of Freedman’s high-profile clients include Vin Diesel, Quentin Tarantino, Julia Roberts, Robert Downey Jr., and Mariah Carey.
He helped Megyn Kelly get $30 million from NBC News after she was abruptly fired by the network in 2019.
Freedman also represented “The Bachelor” host Chris Harrison who got a $10 million exit settlement with ABC.
Chris Cuomo hired Freedman in his wrongful termination suit against CNN.
Cuomo is suing for $125 million.
Don Lemon, who was fired by CNN on Monday, also hired Freeman.
Lemon’s departure from CNN turned nasty earlier, with the network publicly debunking Lemon’s statement on his firing, as Slay News reported.
I'm told that both Tucker Carlson AND Don Lemon have retained the famously aggressive entertainment lawyer Bryan Freedman. I have reached out to Freedman; no response yet.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 24, 2023
Fox News tried to turn the page last night by barely mentioning Carlson.
Brian Kilmeade stood in for Carlson’s now-vacant time slot.
“As you probably have heard, Fox News and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways,” Kilmeade said.
“I wish Tucker the best.
“I’m great friends with Tucker and always will be.
“But right now, it’s time for ‘Fox News Tonight,’ so let’s get started.”
Trump said of Carlson’s firing: “He’s a very good person, a very good man and very talented, as you know.
“I just said, ‘Wow,’ that was something, that’s a big one.
“I don’t know if it was voluntary, or was it, was somebody fired, but I think Tucker has been terrific – especially over the last year or so, he’s been terrific to me.”