After removing Tucker from his prime-time slot and parting way, Fox continued to hold Tucker's contract over his head - which stipulates that he isn't allowed to appear on another network until after the 2024 election.
Carlson's Tuesday premiere currently gained 10 million views in two hours, and is currently sitting at 105 million views. On the other hand, Fox News on Tuesday had just over 1.57 million prime time viewers, according to Adweek. So Carlson is clearly smoking his former employer.
The breach of contract claim suggests Fox News is exploring legal action against Carlson, however in May, Twitter owner Elon Musk tweeted that Twitter and Carlson had "not signed a deal of any kind whatsoever," meaning Carlson is self-publishing.
According to Carlson's lawyers, any legal action by Fox would violate his First Amendment rights.
"Fox defends its very existence on freedom of speech grounds. Now they want to take Tucker Carlson's right to speak freely away from him because he took to social media to share his thoughts on current events," said Carlson's lawyer, Bryan Freedman, in a statement to Axios.
Since Carlson's ouster in April following Fox News' $787 million defamation settlement with Dominion Voting Systems (which Carlson says a board member told him was part of the settlement), Carlson has accused Fox of fraud, accusing senior executives of reneging on promises made to him "intentionally and with reckless disregard for the truth."