Tucker Carlson made sexist and demeaning comments about the 2007 Miss Teen USA contestant from South Carolina in a newly unearthed recording, joking about sexual activity with the then 18-year-old girl and the girl's intelligence.
The recordings, uncovered by the media watchdog group Media Matters and released by NowThis on Tuesday, are from a 2007 interview on the "Bubba the Love Sponge Show," a popular radio show. On it, Carlson repeatedly made lewd references to the contestant, Caitlin Upton, calling the teenager "appealing" and stating that she would "probably be a pretty good wife."
Carlson and the other hosts of the show, went on to speculate whether the pageant's host, Mario Lopez, who was in his '30s at the time, inappropriately flirted with or had sexual relations with Upton.
"He gets a pass. The normal laws for that kind of thing don't apply to him," Carlson said.
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This is the third batch of Carlson's former comments released by Media Matters this week. On Sunday, the organization published audio of the Fox News host discussing sexual assault of children and other degrading comments toward women. On Monday, Media Matters released more recordings of Carlson making homophobic and racist comments.
In the comments released Wednesday, Carlson also made jokes about Upton's intelligence. Upton was ridiculed nationwide after stumbling on a question about a poll that showed one-fifth of Americans could not locate the United States on a map. Carlson repeatedly called the teenager "dumb" and compared her to an animal.
“She’s like, she’s vulnerable," Carlson said. "She’s like a wounded gazelle, separated from the herd.”
Upton has spoken publicly since the contest about how the ridicule impacted her mental health. She told New York Magazine in 2015 that she considered suicide in the wake of the pageant, according to the Washington Post.
Carlson has refused to apologize for any of his former statements. In a tweet Sunday, he invited any critics onto his show to discuss the comments.
"Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago. Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I am on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on any explain why," Carlson tweeted Sunday.
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