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A competitor to Fox News has reportedly offered Tucker Carlson a salary roughly three times higher than what he was previously earning as the highest-rated cable news host.
“One America News,” also known as OAN, would be willing to pay $25 million, according to the Times of San Diego.
OAN is based in California, which is also Carlson’s home state.
“It would be great if we could get Tucker!” OAN CEO and Robert Herring told the outlet. “I might give him around $25 million. And he would be well worth that!”
It’s unclear if Herring’s offer was an annual payment or a longer deal.
A statement from OAN’s Twitter confirmed that their CEO has extended “an invitation to Carlson to meet for negotiation.”
Tucker Carlson Leaves Fox Nation
Maybe Fox News' loss could be @OANN's gain, Founder and CEO @RobHerring would like to extend an invitation to Carlson to meet for negotiation.https://t.co/O5KmsPyhyx#OAN #TuckerCarlson #FauxNews #FoxNews @TuckerCarlson pic.twitter.com/MEU3f5CG77
— One America News (@OANN) April 24, 2023
Carlson’s annual salary with Fox News was around $8 million. If Herring’s offer is annual, this would be over three times greater.
A reporter from The Daily Mail tracked down Carlson at his $5.5 million home in Boca Grande, Florida. Carlson was videotaped while driving a golf cart with his wife.
When asked about “parting ways” with Fox News, Carlson joked, “Retirement is going great so far.”
“I haven’t eaten dinner with my wife on a weeknight in seven years,” Carlson said while driving to dinner with his wife.
When asked about his future plans, Carlson joked again, “Appetizers plus entree.”
Tucker Carlson laughing.
With his wife of +30 years & 4 kids.
On a golf cart.
Not a care in the world.
This after the nasty, vicious goblin left threw everything they had at him for YEARS. After all that the left is still miserable.
Tucker is still happy.
Eternal joy pic.twitter.com/74pa31ypas
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) April 26, 2023
“Tucker Carlson laughing,” political commentator Benny Johnson said. “With his wife of +30 years & 4 kids. Tucker is still happy. Tucker wins.”
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) April 26, 2023
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It’s also unclear what OAN can afford. The Times of San Diego talked to a former employee of the network, who said that the network’s limited distribution — it lost its deal with DirecTV after liberal pressure — might prevent it from landing Carlson.
Eddie McCoven, identified by the Times of San Diego as a broadcaster who worked at OAN until 2020, told the outlet that he didn’t think the Carlson deal would be in the works “because with such a small reach now, what budget do they have for such a big name?”
“It remains to be seen if OANN will survive the lawsuit it is facing from Dominion,” McCoven continued. “Many colleagues tell me they can’t even keep basic newsroom positions staffed. OANN lacks the programming direction needed to support top-tier talk show talent.”
However, it would go a long way to restoring OAN’s reach. And there are other landing spots, too — including one with former Fox News host Glenn Beck, founder of TheBlaze and host of his own radio show.