Kevin Spacey Makes Surprise Return in Tucker Carlson Christmas Video, Pokes Fun at Netflix

The Christmas Eve episode of Tucker Carlson’s video series on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) featured a surprise appearance by actor Kevin Spacey in a tongue-in-cheek analysis of the presidential election.

Spacey, who has been out of the public spotlight the past half decade due to sexual misconduct allegations, appears to be playing Frank Underwood, his corrupt politician character from the Netflix series “House of Cards” (though he is never named in the video, thus avoiding any copyright issues).

The seven-minute satirical video, which had garnered 13 million views within 12 hours, is styled as “The Tucker Carson Interview,” with the host stating that the 2024 presidential campaign seems a foregone conclusion and wondering if there’s anyone “who could jump in at this late date and rescramble the calculus of electoral politics.”

Tucker then points to Spacey, who speaks with Underwood’s trademark southern drawl and affectations (including his penchant for turning toward the camera to address the audience directly).

“I’ve always believed nothing should be off the table in life or in art,” Spacey says with a touch of double meaning. “We need to get some adults back in the room.”

Amid a brief discussion of some of the candidates and the need to filter out the noise of social media, Carlson references previous Christmas Eve videos posted by Spacey in 2018, 2019 and 2020, before claiming the two of them have something in common.

“We both got canned by our network,” Spacey replies in agreement.

Carlson’s top-rated show on Fox News was canceled in April 2023 in the wake of lawsuits over coverage of the 2020 presidential election. Carlson subsequently started his X show as well as his own streaming service, Tucker Carlson Network.

Spacey was fired by Netflix in 2017 following the first claims of sexual abuse levied against him, just prior to the start of production of the sixth and final season of “House of Cards.”

“But they actually tried to kill you,” Carlson says, referring to “House of Cards” altering its storyline to have Underwood die offscreen in between the seasons.

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After some criticisms of the media landscape, the pair turn their attention toward Netflix.

Spacey, still speaking as Underwood, claims that Netflix’s iconic “tudum” logo sound was based on him pounding his fist on his desk at the end of season two of “House of Cards.”

“So it is bizarre that they decided to publicly cut ties with me on allegations alone,” Spacey says. “Allegations that have now been proven false.”

A British jury in July found Spacey not guilty of several sexual assault allegations.

“I don’t think there’s any question,” Spacey continues, “Netflix exists because of me. I put them on the map and they tried to put me in the ground.”

“When are you getting back to work, by the way?” Carlson asks, seemingly addressing the question to Spacey more than Underwood.

“I’ve been back at work from the moment we started talking, Tucker,” Spacey replies, still in character though blurring the lines of reality a bit. “What’s true? What’s false? What’s life? What’s art? What’s real? What’s performance? I love it when these things intersect because then it gets interesting.”

Tucker then asks what role Spacey/Underwood sees himself in going forward.

“I will play whatever role the public wants me to play,” Spacey answers.

Spacey is slated to make his acting comeback in 2024 in the thriller Peter Five Eight, which was completed in 2022.

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Former Fox News Host Tucker Carlson Launches SVOD Service

Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson has launched a branded subscription streaming video service called the “Tucker Carlson Network” priced at $9 monthly or $72 annually.

The TCN platform pledges to offer streamers five original series, in addition to Carlson’s X (formerly Twitter) show (with 11 million followers) and access to the conservative political commentator’s so-called “personal inbox,” where viewers can ask questions.

TCN is 50% more expensive than the $5.99 ($59.99 annual) Fox Nation, the streaming service from Fox News Media that combines original programming with the network’s hosts.

Carlson in April was fired by Fox following the media company’s $787.5 million defamation settlement with Dominion Voting Systems, in which numerous Fox News opinion hosts alleged Dominion had rigged the 2020 Presidential Election in favor of Joe Biden.

CNN Boss Chris Licht Stepping Down After 13 Months; Tucker Carlson Bows New Show on Twitter to ‘Huge’ Numbers

Warner Bros. Discovery June 7 announced that Chris Licht, chairman and CEO of CNN Worldwide, has stepped down, effective immediately, just 13 months after being hired to rejigger the liberal-leaning news network in the face of plummeting ratings.

Licht had come under fire following media reports of his handling of a recent Town Hall featuring former President Donald Trump, among other issues.

As the company looks for a replacement, CNN’s interim leadership team will include Amy Entelis, EVP of talent and content development, Virginia Moseley, EVP of editorial, and Eric Sherling, EVP of U.S. programming, as well as David Leavy, chief operating officer, on the commercial side.

Chris Licht

“I have great respect for Chris, personally and professionally,” David Zaslav, president/CEO of  Warner Bros. Discovery, said in a statement. “The job of leading CNN was never going to be easy, especially at a time of huge disruption and transformation, and he has poured his heart and soul into it.

Licht assumed his position in May 2022 after a stint as EVP of special programming at CBS and executive producer and showrunner for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Prior to that, he was VP of programming for CBS News and executive producer of the network’s morning news program, “CBS This Morning,” which he helped launch in 2012. Prior to CBS, Licht was the co-creator and original executive producer of MSNBC’s morning news show, “Morning Joe.”

“While we know we have work to do as we look to identify a new leader, we have absolute confidence in the team we have in place and will continue to fight for CNN and its world-class journalism,” Zaslav said.

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Separately, former conservative Fox News opinion host Tucker Carlson launched his new solo show, “Tucker on Twitter,” with a 10-minute episode that reportedly generated 27 million views on the Elon Musk-owned social media platform. While the tally would appear to greatly exceed the 3 million daily viewers of his former Fox show, the Twitter tally reportedly counts anyone whose social media feed includes Carlson — regardless whether they actually watched the video.

 

Tucker Carlson: ‘Nobody Watches’ Fox Nation Subscription VOD Service

Former Fox News primetime host Tucker Carlson apparently was no fan of Fox Nation, the branded subscription-based video-on-demand service launched in 2018.

In addition to ad-supported Tubi, Fox Weather and Fox News International, Fox Nation remains the media company’s lone SVOD platform — and was singularly promoted by Carlson, among other high-profile Fox personalities.

But in a behind-the-scenes video phone call reported by left-wing agitprop website Media Matters, Carlson, in a telephone call on his “Tucker Carlson Today” set, complained that streaming an exclusive interview he had obtained with a right-wing social media influencer should be put on the Fox network or “dumped on [Fox’s] YouTube channel” rather than streamed on Fox Nation.

“Nobody watches Fox Nation because the site sucks,” Carlson tells the unidentified listener.

He contended the service, which includes extended editions of Fox News opinion hosts’ content, in addition to original series, movies and related conservative material, was not a good fit for the interview — or for him.

“It’s hard to use that site,” Carlson said. “I don’t know why they’re not fixing it. It’s driving me insane.”

Carlson, who was abruptly fired last week by Fox following the parent company’s $787.5 million defamation settlement with plaintiff Dominion V0ting Systems, complained that he and other Fox News hosts had been “working like animals” generating content for Fox Nation, which he believed wasn’t working.

“I think it’s like a betrayal of our efforts. That’s how I feel. So I, of course, I resent it,” Carlson said on the call.

Fox News Media, in a response, reiterated that it had agreed to part ways with Carlson.

“We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor,” the company said in a statement.

Fox Nation, which has never disclosed its subscriber numbers, costs $5.99 monthly, or $65 for the year, is hardly a one-trick pony when it comes to original content — generating 85% conversion rate on new subscribers and low churn, according to the company.

The service last year bowed a celebration of Yellowstone National Park’s 150th anniversary with a dedicated docuseries hosted by Kevin Costner. A live standup comedy show with Roseanne Barr was sold out. A documentary on Jussie Smollett, the TV actor who claimed he was a the victim of a racially-motivated physical attack in Chicago, featured Smollett’s co-conspirators, the Osundairo brothers’ first ever interview on staging the hoax.

The service featured prominently earlier this year in a Super Bowl LVII commercial.

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Tucker Carlson Out at Fox News

Controversial conservative opinion host Tucker Carlson is out at Fox News, the network announced April 24. The last “Tucker Carlson Tonight” show aired on April 21.

“We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor,” the company said in a statement without elaborating.

Carlson’s departure, arguably Fox News’ biggest personality, comes on the heels of Fox Corp.’s record $787.5 million defamation lawsuit settlement with plaintiff Dominion Voting Systems. Carlson, along with other prominent Fox News talking heads, pushed the opinion that Dominion’s voting machines somehow contributed to former President Trump’s 2020 re-election loss.

In private, Carlson, along with other hosts, said he believed the allegations against Dominion to be false, according to emails made public by Dominion prior to scheduled trial.

In the void left by Carlson’s exit, “Fox News Tonight” will broadcast an interim show hosted by rotating Fox News personalities until a new host is named.

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Fox Nation to Stream Top Fox News Personalities’ Pay-TV Shows

Fox News is putting its marquee talking heads on SVOD.

Fox Nation will now offer Fox News Channel’s primetime opinion lineup on-demand via “Fox News Primetime All The Time,” where $5.99 monthly subscribers ($64.99 annually) will be able to access full video episodes the morning after their pay-TV debut. Beginning June 2, episodes of FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “Hannity” and “The Ingraham Angle” will each be made available the next day for on-demand viewing.

“Fox News Primetime All The Time” marks the debut of the cable network’s primetime on-demand video on the platform, serving as a complementary pairing to the overall Fox News channel linear experience.

Since the launch of Fox Nation in November 2018, subscribers have been limited to audio versions of FNC’s flagship primetime lineup. Over the past several months, Fox Nation has expanded its portfolio with more than 3,200 hours of content, adding the new video podcast Tucker Carlson Today, the long-form documentary series, Tucker Carlson Originals as well as the docuseries In the Valley of Sin — A True American Horror Story.

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The platform also offers original programming such as “Lara Logan Has No Agenda,” “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace,” Brian Kilmeade’s “What Made America Great,” “The Pursuit With John Rich” and “Park’d” with Abby Hornacek.

“Making [pay-]television’s most highly rated shows available on Fox Nation will add value for subscribers, who now can watch them anywhere and anytime they want,” Jason Klarman, president of Fox Nation, said in a statement.

FNC’s primetime lineup from 8-11 p.m. ET reigns as the No. 1 network in all of basic cable in total viewers with “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “Hannity” and “The Ingraham Angle” dominating the cable news competition. Furthermore, throughout 2020, FNC’s primetime lineup placed No. 1 in all of television, besting basic cable and broadcast prime from Memorial Day through the end of the year. Notably, this was the first time a cable network had ever out-rated broadcast in primetime for a sustained period of time.

Fox Nation is available on iOS and Android devices as well as Apple TV, Web, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Xbox One, Comcast Xfinity platforms, Vizio SmartCast and Cox Contour platforms.

Fox Nation Streaming Service Inks Deal With Tucker Carlson

Fox Nation, the branded subscription streaming VOD service, Feb. 17 announced a new multiyear deal with Fox News Channel primetime host Tucker Carlson to provide flagship content for the digital platform.

Carlson will helm a regular new video podcast, as well as a series of in-depth specials called “Tucker Carlson Originals.” He will continue to host his current program, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” weeknights on FNC at 8 p.m. ET.

Beginning in April, Carlson will release at least three new video podcast episodes a week, featuring interviews with newsmakers, as well as a discussion of the issues shaping the country. Tucker Carlson Originals will also debut in April, and continue monthly. Episodes will explore a single topic at greater depth than typically done on a live television show. Both the podcast and the long-form specials will only be available on Fox Nation.

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“As we continue to expand and evolve as a service, adding exclusive content from Carlson will make Fox Nation a must-have service for his most passionate fans,” Jason Klarman, president of Fox Nation, said in a statement.

The new content will be produced by the production team behind “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” led by senior executive producer Justin Wells, who has been named FNC’s new VP of Tucker Carlson Digital Products.

“Tucker Carlson Tonight” is one of the top-rated shows in the history of cable news. According to Nielsen, the program averaged 3.6 million viewers last month, and 653,000 in the younger adults 25-54 demo. Recently, the show notched the highest-rated monthly viewership of any cable news program in history, with 5.4 million viewers. It has been number one in the 8 p.m. ET time slot for 46 consecutive months with total viewers.

In 2020, Carlson hosted one of the first two FNC shows ever to average more than 4 million viewers a night. Since moving to 8 p.m. ET, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” has significantly improved performance in the time slot, which was previously held by “The O’Reilly Factor.” Carlson’s audience has grown by nearly 35% in total viewers, and more than 40% in the key adults 25-54 demo, according to Fox.

 

‘Fox Nation’ SVOD Service Goes Live

Fox Nation, the $5.99 subscription streaming video service, officially launches today (Nov. 27) offering “Fox & Friends”-style conservative commentary, opinions, documentaries and related content (“Cooking with Steve Doocy,” a Fox News host) for streamers who like their entertainment red-state.

New programs include “First Thoughts” and “Final Thoughts” featuring online siren Tomi Lahren, and “Un-PC” talk show, co-hosted by Britt McHenry, the former ESPN reporter infamously suspended in 2015 after an ugly video of her dressing down a towing-lot attendant went viral.

John Finley, SVP of development and production at Fox News, characterizes Fox Nation as a mixture of Netflix and Facebook Live, featuring similar content options — but geared toward the Fox News demographic that helped put Donald Trump in the White House.

“We have fans, other news organizations simply have viewers,” Finley told The New York Times.

Fox News has become basic cable’s most-watched network averaging 1.4 million viewers during the day; 2.4 million during 8-11 p.m. prime time hours, according to Nielsen — a ratings reality the network has championed for more than two years.

“It’s another way to service and provide content to our most dedicated fans,” Finley said. “We can give them an infinite amount of content.”

But not 24/7.

Fox Nation, which will feature many Fox News on-air talent, including Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham (but reportedly not Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith), will cease all live programming at 7 p.m. — the time when Fox News begins its prime-time lineup.

Indeed, Fox News remains a revenue machine for corporate parent 21st Century Fox, generating more than $1 billion annually in ad-sales. The unit was not part of Fox’s $71 billion 20th Century Film Corp.’s sale to The Walt Disney Co.

 

Fox Nation SVOD Service Launching Nov. 27

Fox Nation, the politically conservative-themed subscription streaming video-on-demand service coming from 21st Century Fox, is launching after the midterm elections on Nov. 27, priced at $5.99 monthly or $64.99 annually.

Starting Oct. 28, consumers can sign up for special pre-release pricing at www.foxnation.com.

Programming – featuring long and short-form content, includes documentaries on Judge Robert Bork’s failed confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987 and Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett’s The Russia Hoax, which claims the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is really an attempt to “clear Hillary Clinton and frame Donald Trump.”

“Hannity’s America: The Clarence Thomas Story” details the highly contentious confirmation hearings in 1991 and his book My Grandfather’s Son, about his own background and the events that brought him to the Supreme Court.

“What Made America Great,” hosted by “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade, aims to reveal the hidden history and ongoing controversies behind some of America’s most iconic locations, including The Alamo, Fraunces Tavern, Fort Jefferson and Mount Rushmore.

Finally, conservative cheerleader Tomi Lahren’s online segment, “Final Thoughts,” will move to Fox Nation.