All the most controversial things Fox News host Tucker Carlson has said over the years

Rich Polk/Getty Images for PoliticonTucker Carlson speaks onstage during Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Centre on October 21, 2018.
  • Fox News host Tucker Carlson has ignited multiple waves of controversy in recent years with contentious comments about journalists, immigrants, and women.
  • Since receiving his own show on Fox News in 2016, Carlson has had several controversies play out in front of one of the country’s largest audiences.
  • In August, he claimed white supremacy was “actually not a real problem in America.”
  • His most recent controversial comment is that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is mentally ill.
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson is no stranger to controversy.

In August, three days after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, where the shooter wrote a manifesto about a “Hispanic invasion of Texas,” he told his near 3 million viewers that white supremacy was “not a real problem.”

“It’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power,” he said.

On September 26, Carlson struck again. This time his target was House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, whom he said, without evidence, was mentally ill.

Since getting his own show on the network in 2016 – which would eventually move into former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s prime time slot – Carlson’s on-air comments about journalists, immigrants, and women have landed him in hot water.

Since late 2018, dozens of companies have stopped airing advertisements during his show.

Here are the biggest controversies Tucker Carlson has been involved in.


Carlson was making headlines for controversial comments as early as 2011.

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While guest-hosting for Sean Hannity one night, Carlson said Michael Vick should be “executed” for his mistreatment of dogs.

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Carlson later appeared on Hannity’s show to retract his comment, saying he “overspoke” because he got “too emotional.”

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In March 2016, Carlson was given his own show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which attracted massive audiences.

Richard Drew/APTucker Carlson, host of ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight,’ poses for photos in a Fox News Channel studio.

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After a December 2016 interview with Teen Vogue contributor Lauren Duca boiled over to Carlson dismissing her commentary on President Donald Trump by telling her to “stick to the thigh-high boots,” Duca said she received extensive bullying and harassment from hordes of men online.

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In a sort-of apology, Carlson said he regretted how he behaved, but he blamed Duca for being “mindless and nasty” on air, before calling her “vapid” and “not very impressive.”

Fox Business/YouTubeTucker Carlson appearing on Fox Business.

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Tangling with controversy off the air, Carlson defended himself against an accusation from man named Juan Manuel Granados, who said Carlson assaulted him at a country club in Virginia in November 2018.

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Video from the scene doesn’t show Carlson assaulting anyone, and the host said the confrontation came after the man had approached his family.

Getty Images/Business InsiderFox News host Tucker Carlson speaks at Business Insider’s IGNITION conference.

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In December 2018, Carlson caused perhaps the biggest waves yet when he said immigrants would make the country “poorer and dirtier.”

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At least 34 advertisers cut ties with Carlson’s show in the months after his comments, including iHop, Red Lobster, and Samsung.

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Instead of apologizing, Carlson stood behind his comments and deemed the backlash an attack on free speech.

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A series of tapes that were leaked in March 2019 contain some shocking comments that Carlson allegedly made while calling into the shock-jock radio program “Bubba the Love Sponge” from 2006 to 2011.

Bruce Gifford/FilmMagicBubba The Love Sponge during Las Vegas Meet N Greet with Bubba The Love Sponge at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

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Carlson can be heard contesting the prosecution of former polygamist cult leader Warren Jeffs, who was later convicted for child sexual abuse.

Associated Press/Tony GutierrezIn this July 28, 2011 photo, Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs arrives at the Tom Green County Courthouse in San Angelo, Texas.

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The tapes also contained several different belittling comments about women, including Carlson saying he wouldn’t have voted to confirm Supreme Court Elena Kagan because he didn’t find her attractive, in addition to saying women are “extremely primitive” and “just need to be quiet.”

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Carlson refused to apologise, saying he was “caught” saying “something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago.”

Rich Polk/Getty Images for PoliticonTucker Carlson speaks in Los Angeles, California, in October 2018.

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Several prominent conservative figures rushed to Carlson’s defence, including Donald Trump Jr., who called detractors the “outrage mob.”

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The controversy came just weeks after the Democratic National Committee announced it would bar Fox News from hosting debates during the 2020 US presidential primary.

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In August, a few days after a mass shooting the FBI said was linked to a racist manifesto, Carlson described white supremacy in the US as a “hoax.” He said like the “Russia hoax,” white supremacy was a conspiracy used to divide the US, and keep a hold on power. “It’s actually not a real problem in America,” he told his viewers.

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The FBI currently has 850 open domestic terrorism investigations. Of that number, 40% involve racially motivated violent extremism, and a majority of those cases involve white nationalists, the bureau said.

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Carlson went on vacation after his white supremacy hoax remarks, but he was back at it in September. He called House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff mentally ill, after Schiff parodied during a congressional hearing what President Donald Trump and Ukraine’s president said on their July 25 phone call.

Chip Somodevilla / GettyFox News host Tucker Carlson.

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Carlson said Schiff went into a trance as he delivered a “prophetic version” of what was said. “Keep in mind, that isn’t some guy babbling in the men’s room at Starbucks. That is the man who chairs the mighty House Intelligence Committee. We trust him with the most sensitive information, and yet he is clearly, demonstrably mentally ill,” he said.

Chip Somodevilla / GettyFox News host Tucker Carlson.

Sources: Deadline, The Daily Beast, The Daily Wire


The network has a history of standing by embattled figures, but it’s a record that might be tested as Carlson continues to make controversial comments on his program.

Richard Drew/APTucker Carlson, host of ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight,’ poses for photos in a Fox News Channel studio, in New York, Thursday, March 2, 2107.

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