- Today in Tabs
- Tuckered Out
Licht soured on Lemon.
It’s anchors away in the #newsbiz, with the abrupt departure of Puzzled Hound Dog Tucker Carlson from his eponymous Squinting Hour followed by the even abrupter departure of Don Lemon from CNN, which left media observers with one overwhelming question: what app is this screenshot from?
Chris Licht said “you will forever be part of the family, Fredo” while CNN PR was busy implying that Lemon was a whiny piss baby who would rather complain via iOS mail app quote text (I guess???) than get fired in person. Honestly, who among us. Michael M. Grynbaum, John Koblin and Benjamin Mullin report that “CNN’s bookers had discovered that some guests did not want to appear on-air with Mr. Lemon,” and this morning Chris Licht discovered that he could fire Lemon without the news trending on Twitter, and if there’s one thing Licht knows, it’s the secret to comedy.1
Tucker Carlson, legally not a journalist, has spent 14 years at Fox News steadily growing his platform via sarcastic simulated giggling and white supremacist “great replacement” theory, but according to Jeremy Barr and Sarah Ellison:
Bloomberg reports that “Tucker Carlson’s Fox News Exit Wipes Out $590 Million in Value,” but the stock went from a morning high of about $33.77 to a low of $31.86 so I suspect the company will survive. Carlson has now been fired by four major news networks—CNN, MSNBC, PBS and Fox, which is the EGOT of sucking. Max Tani reports that Carlson’s producer Justin Wells is also gone, and mentions the impending Abby Grossberg “vile sexist stereotypes” lawsuit against Fox News, quoting “Grossberg’s lawyer Parisis G. Filippatos… in a statement to Semafor”:
[Giant bong rip] Hey man… yeah.
Meanwhile our least essential media reporter Brian Stelter would like to remind everyone that he also got fired by CNN, but that he “was offered a final episode, a chance to sign off on [his] own terms,” which I’m sure his viewer appreciated. And because good news comes in threes, Pop Base reports that James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke is also dead. Regrettably, it appears that Corden himself remains employed. UPDATE: I’m informed that Corden’s whole show is ending! What a great day.
Thank god for all this mess, because what else was even happening in the tabs today? NYMag’s 100 years of Chloë Sevigny retrospective? Elon spent the weekend doing stupid shit, but we’ve all watched the obligation to write about Elon Musk every day reduce poor Garbage Ryan to a quivering husk of the virile and robust ska fan he once was. I’m not about to follow him down that hole.
There was this memoir in The Fence about the time Madeline Grant showed Tommy Wiseau around Oxford University, and very nearly learned what country he is from. And there was a good clip of Ron DeSantis going full Vaudeville in Japan:
Speaking of whom, YouTuber Legal Eagle had a great video explanation of how Disney “enlisted a real-life American princess to protect the fake Magic Kingdom in a real-life battle to protect the First Amendment“ against Meatball Ron, and while it may not be the worst thing he’s ever done, making me root for the Walt Disney Corporation certainly is a very personal reason to detest ol’ Pudding Fingers.
Additionally: Sad nipple syndrome ✪ Cattle mutilations are back, Mulder ✪ Paris Marx says Silicon Valley has always been full of eugenicists ✪ “What Would David Foster Wallace Have Thought About Pickleball?” ✪ Not just Buzzfeed: only 8% of SPACs are trading above their initial price.
Today’s Song: Holly Herndon, “Frontier”