- Fox execs were concerned about Tucker Carlson calling a female exec the c-word, the WSJ reported.
- The New York Times obtained video that also showed Carlson talking about women in questionable ways.
- The reports come after Carlson’s abrupt ouster from Fox News and a lawsuit alleging sexism.
Offensive and crude text messages sent by Tucker Carlson — a month after the primetime host was sued over allegations of sexism — reportedly played a big role in his ouster at Fox News on Monday.
Both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported Wednesday that top Fox executives were concerned about the messages, which they learned about just before Dominion’s defamation lawsuit against the network was set to go to trial.
In one of the texts, which had been redacted from the case proceedings, Carlson had called a senior Fox News executive the c-word, according to the Journal. In a text that was not redacted from the proceedings, Carlson used a similarly derogatory word for women, calling then-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell a “bitch.”
The Times reported Wednesday it had also obtained video that showed Carlson speaking about women in potentially inappropriate ways. The video, in which Carlson was off-camera, captured him discussing if his “postmenopausal fans” will like how he looks on his show, the outlet said. In another video, Carlson could be heard talking about finding a woman “yummy,” the Times reported.
Bryan Freedman, Carlson’s lawyer, did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Carlson’s ouster came after a former producer for his show, Abby Grossberg, sued him and Fox News executives last month, accusing them of running “a work environment that subjugates women based on vile sexist stereotypes.”
“Ms. Grossberg was isolated, overworked, undervalued, denied opportunities for promotion, and generally treated significantly worse than her male counterparts, even when those men were less qualified than her,” the lawsuit said.
The complaint also said staffers on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” would discuss which female guests were more “fuckable” and that “no woman, whether she was a Republican politician or a female staffer at Fox News, was safe from suddenly becoming the target of sexist, demeaning comments.”
Fox News has denied the allegations in the lawsuit and said that Grossberg raised her concerns after a “critical performance review.”