Hollywood celebrities indulged in schadenfreude Monday following Fox News’ shock announcement that it is parting ways with its most popular primetime anchor, Tucker Carlson, after seven years.
Left-wing stars including Rob Reiner, Marc Maron, George Takei, Jane Lynch, Josh Gad, and Albert Brooks rejoiced in the surprise news, expressing a combination of delight, joy, and moral righteousness.
“Don’t let the door hit you on your way out, you horrid, soulless man,” Star Trek‘s George Takei tweeted.
“Cutting out one cancerous growth won’t stop FOX from being riddled with it everywhere else,” Rob Reiner wrote.
“Oh what a happy day!!!!!!” Netflix’s House of Cards actor Michael Kelly posted.
For the most part, Hollywood stars avoided throwing similar insults at CNN’s Don Lemon, who was abruptly fired Monday after 17 years with the left-wing cable news network.
Fox News dropped the news about Carlson Monday morning in a terse press release. “FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways,” the release read. “We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor.”
The cable news network said Carlson’s last show was Friday. Some of Carlson’s shows and specials could still be viewed on Fox Nation as of Monday afternoon, though the streaming service appeared to have demoted the content from its main menus.
It remains unclear why Carlson left Fox News, though some reports said the decision came directly from Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch. During his primetime tenure, Carlson became a popular and polarizing figure who railed against the establishment wings of both political parties while championing the conservative populism espoused by President Donald Trump.
His irreverent wit propelled him to the No. 1 spot among primetime cable news shows. He was even widely watched among Democrats in the 25 to 54 age demographic.
Immediately after the news broke, Hollywood stars began gloating and hurling invective at Carlson.
Rob Reiner described Tucker Carlson as a disease.
Cutting out one cancerous growth won’t stop FOX from being riddled with it everywhere else.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) April 24, 2023
“WTF” podcaster and comedian Marc Maron made an obligatory Succession reference.
Real life ‘Succession’ is better than fictional ‘Succession’ today.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) April 24, 2023
Paramount’s Star Trek star George Takei called Carlson a “horrid” and “soulless” man.
Don’t let the door hit you on your way out, you horrid, soulless man. #TuckerCarlson
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 24, 2023
Canceled TBS comedian Samantha Bee, whom Carlson ridiculed on his show, expressed her excitement.
Even she’s excited about the Tucker Carlson news pic.twitter.com/CP3rcjTq7d
— Samantha Bee (@iamsambee) April 24, 2023
Fox’s Glee star Jane Lynch described Carlson as “full of venom and cruelty.”
One might think he would grab his money, turn the page and move on to a new chapter. But he won’t. Because he’s full of venom and cruelty and needs the spotlight from an audience he hates. There will be no happy trails for him.
— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) April 24, 2023
Disney’s Frozen star Josh Gad sarcastically offered “thoughts and prayers.”
Thoughts and prayers https://t.co/ANMTXhFZ77
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) April 24, 2023
Comedian Sandra Bernhard called him a “perpetrator of lies, racist rants, ugly false accusations.”
oh the mighty but blight-y rotten oak tree has fallen the perpetrator of lies, racist rants, ugly false accusations is out! what a phony. https://t.co/Wcq9e5p5Zi
— Sandra Bernhard (@SandraBernhard) April 24, 2023
Albert Brooks tweeted, “We were sick of ye.”
Goodbye Tucker. We hardly knew ye. Actually we knew ye way too much and we were sick of ye. Why don’t you and Lemon team up. Or at least box each other.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) April 24, 2023
Borat director Larry Charles called it a “great day for journalism,” also referring to the firing of CNN anchor Don Lemon.
Don and Tucker are out. A great day for journalism. And maybe even for truth. #Fox #CNN #DonLemon #TuckerCarlson
— Larry Charles (@larrycharlesism) April 24, 2023
Netflix’s House of Cards star Michael Kelly rejoiced, “Oh what a happy day!!!!!”
Oh what a happy day!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/qvTM7RS6yY
— Michael Kelly (@michaeljkellyjr) April 24, 2023
Better Call Saul co-star Michael McKean predicted a presidential run from Carlson.
Carlson’s presidential run announcement in five, four…
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) April 24, 2023
Other celebs also weighed in on Carlson’s shock departure.
Did tucker assault an m&m?
— Diedrich Bader (@bader_diedrich) April 24, 2023
We’re going to find out he’s a drag queen, aren’t we?
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) April 24, 2023
Is 11:35 AM too early for champagne?? Bye Tucker Carlson!! pic.twitter.com/qyxF38jKsH
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) April 24, 2023
Having a Bye Bye Carlson Coffee with my girl @kate_grahn Cheers! pic.twitter.com/guA6ilt2HA
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) April 24, 2023
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