In the "handoff" between Carlson's 8 PM show and Sean Hannity's 9 PM show, Hannity remarked that Carlson was "supposed to" be on vacation this week, but did his show Monday and Tuesday to spite the "mob," which is all the people calling for his firing and a boycott of his advertisers.
"I've got to give you a compliment," Hannity said to Carlson Tuesday night. "So Tucker was going to be off this week. He was, he was going to be off this week," Hannity insisted amid Carlson's nervous laughter.
"Have a great rest of vacation that you were supposed to have," Hannity concluded.
So uh...Hannity just said Tucker is going on vacation pic.twitter.com/6pdCvu63q4
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) March 13, 2019
"It's a busy news week, and he's not going to take the mob's crap," Hannity continued. "He came in to work to, to, to stand up to this. I want the great viewers of this channel to know that."
But conservative pundit Joe Concha claims Carlson will be on air the rest of the week:
Fox News spokesperson confirms to me that Tucker Carlson will be on the air for the rest of the week and won’t be on vacation. Confirmation comes after a toss from Carlson to Sean Hannity included the latter wishing the former to “have a great vacation you were supposed to have.”
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) March 13, 2019
The Daily Beast's Sam Stein says Carlson will be on vacation next week:
Tucker Carlson is going on vacation next week, claiming he was supposed to go on this week but stayed to work amid all the scandal over previously unearthed remarks.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) March 13, 2019
Fox News' standard protocol during periods in which their hosts are facing condemnation for their offensive actions, behaviors, or commentary is to claim they are taking a previously scheduled vacation. Some, like Bill O'Reilly, do not return.
Carlson is blaming "Democratic Party operatives" and claiming his words were "taken out of context," and has refused to apologize or offer any sign of remorse over his remarks.
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