Carlson's attorney, Bryan Freedman told Axios in a statement, “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."
This comes after the network abruptly announced it would be parting ways with Carlson in April.
Following Carlson's newly posted episode of a new show on Twitter Tuesday evening, Fox News general counsel Bernard Gugar delivered a message to his lawyers claiming that he has violated his contract, adding that "Fox expressly reserves all rights and remedies which are available to it at law or equity," per Axios.
"This evening we were made aware of Mr. Tucker Carlson’s appearance on Twitter in a video that lasted over 10 minutes," reads the letter, according to the outlet.
It emphasizes that his "services shall be completely exclusive to Fox," and claims Carlson is "prohibited from rendering services of any type whatsoever, whether 'over the internet via streaming or similar distribution, or other digital distribution whether now known or hereafter devised.'"
Carlson's lawyers are reportedly planning on making a legal argument that Twitter is not a direct competitor of Fox News, meaning that posting on the platform would not breach contract terms.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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