News of Tucker Carlson’s departure from Fox News — which settled a massive $787.5 billion defamation case last week — is being celebrated by critics of the popular right-wing fabulist.
Former CNN media reporter Brian Stelter tweeted the panel of ABC morning show “The View” literally singing its approval.
“Word has just come down that Fox News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways,” moderator Whoopi Goldberg told a hooting and hollering studio audience Monday.
Fox News thanked Carlson “for his service” in a Monday morning announcement offering no details about the reason for his departure after hosting “Tucker Carlson Tonight” for more than six years.
After Goldberg led her audience in doing the wave, panelist Ana Navarro asked “The View” fans to join her in singing the 1969 Steam song “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.”
When the singing stopped, panelists including Sunny Hostin blamed Carlson for the “degradation” of democracy in America. Carlson repeatedly undermined the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and the events leading up to that siege.
Stelter called Carlson’s departure “an earth-shaking moment in cable news.”
Footage of funnyman Jon Stewart humiliating Carlson when the conservative sensationalist hosted CNN’s “Crossfire” in 2004 went viral once again following news of the 53-year-old primetime pundit’s departure from Fox News.
“It’s so painful to watch,” Stewart said in that interview, which Carlson’s co-host Paul Begalla blamed for “disemboweling my show.”
“Crossfire” was canceled a short time later. Stewart appeared to respond Monday with an emoji showing a pair of eyeballs opened wide.
Former Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger — a Carlson critic — wished the disgraced pundit “good riddance” as well.
“A fall from grace,” Kinzinger tweeted. “Tucker used to be a deep thinking mainstream conservative with ideas. He became a monster pushing garbage and abusing the patriotism of his viewers.”
Kinzinger, an Air Force veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said in March 2022 he refused an invitation to appear on Carlson’s show.
“His continued spewing of conspiracy theories is complete evil,” Kinzinger said.
Media figures who sometimes share Carlson’s politics celebrated his departure from Fox News for different reasons.
“Good for Tucker,” former Fox News star Megyn Kelly tweeted. “Trust me, he doesn’t need them.”
“The best decision I ever made was leaving Fox. Good for you,” she tweeted. “You’re free & uncensored!”