Former Fox News star Tucker Carlson will take the stage tonight for the first time since leaving the cable news giant.
At 7:00 p.m. local time — about 9 hours from the time of publishing — Carlson will appear before a sold-out crowd of 1,200 people at Oxford, Alabama’s performing arts center.
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But he won’t be appearing for personal gain.
Carlson is using his celebrity to raise money for the Rainbow Omega charity organization, which helps “adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.”
Rainbow Omega’s mission, according to its website, is to “glorify God by ensuring that adults with developmental disabilities have a permanent and safe home where their abilities and potentials are respected and nurtured in a Christian environment.”
The organization lists it’s values as:
- We believe in the sanctity, dignity and worth of each person.
- We are committed to the well-being of our residents regardless of their disability.
- We respect and support the families of our residents.
- We diligently steward the generous gifts provided by our benefactors.
- We are guided by and uphold the highest principles in all we do.
This is Carlson’s first official, planned public appearance since departing Fox News. The network has struggled to maintain it’s ratings since the separation.
The network has seen a sharp decline in ratings across every primetime show, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m Eastern.
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Carlson’s former slot, the 8:00 p.m. hour, has seen a crash in viewers, from an estimated 3,000,000 nightly average to just 1,650,000 with fill-in host Brian Kilmeade.
According to the Washington Post —
The disparity was most stark on Wednesday, when Kilmeade’s 8 p.m. hour received an average of 1.3 million total viewers, compared with the 3 million Carlson received a week earlier — a decline of 56 percent. Overall, the network experienced a 45 percent viewership decline last week without Carlson in the host’s chair.
When Fox announced Carlson’s forced departure April 24, the network said that “rotating Fox News personalities” will fill in until a permanent 8 p.m. host is selected. The network did something similar with the 7 p.m. hour, after it was vacated by anchor Martha MacCallum, and ultimately settled on Jesse Watters as the permanent host. “Jesse Watters Primetime” has been a major success for Fox News, and Watters, who also co-hosts “The Five,” is considered a possible candidate for Carlson’s old slot.
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