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July 14, 2020, 3:22 p.m. EDT

Tucker Carlson addresses the ‘deeply offensive’ comments that cost one his top writers his job

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By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch

Associated Press
Tucker Carlson, host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight

‘Black doods staying inside playing Call of Duty is probably one of the biggest factors keeping crime down.’

That’s just one of the comments that cost a top writer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson his job after a CNN investigation uncovered his racist and sexist posts on an online forum.

Oliver Darcy, the CNN reporter behind the story, told CNN Tonight’s Don Lemon in an interview that many of the other comments were “too horrific to read on air to you.”

Fox New called Neff’s comments “horrendous and deeply offensive” in an internal memo.

“We want to make abundantly clear that FOX News Media strongly condemns this horrific racist, misogynistic and homophobic behavior,” FOX News Media execs said. “Neff’s abhorrent conduct on this forum was never divulged to the show or the network until Friday, at which point we swiftly accepted his resignation. Make no mistake, actions such as his cannot and will not be tolerated at any time in any part of our work force.”

In a recent interview, Neff said that when Carlson read scripts off his teleprompter, “the first draft was written by me”. In 2018, Carlson described Neff as a “wonderful writer.”

The internet had thoughts:

There were a few defenders out there, of course:

On Monday night’s show, Carlson, before announcing that he’ll be taking a vacation for some “trout fishing,” talked about the whole thing. His explanation raised plenty of eyebrows:

Shawn Langlois is an editor and writer for MarketWatch in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @slangwise.

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