A leaked video of Tucker Carlson shows the recently fired Fox News host asking a makeup assistant what goes on in women’s bathrooms.
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In the 48-second clip obtained by the website mediamatters.org, Carlson is having makeup applied by a female assistant, presumably before a taping of Tucker Carlson Tonight.
As she applies powder to his nose, he says: “Can I ask you a question? You don’t have to answer, it’s personal.”
When she assents, he continues: “I’m not speaking of you, but more in general of ladies. When they go to the ladies’ room and powder their noses, is there actually nose-powdering going on?”
“Sometimes,” she answers, to which Carlson replies: “Ooh, I like the sound of that.” She then adds: “Most of the time it’s lipstick.”
He then wants to know: “Do pillow fights ever break out?”
“Not in the bathroom,” she responds. He says: “OK, not in the bathroom, OK. That’d be more a dorm activity.”
There’s some off-camera laughter and unintelligible comments from a male voice, after which Carlson apologizes: “You are such a good sport, such a good person, thank you … you do not deserve that and I mean it with great affection.”
The video is just the latest in a series of leaked clips and reported instances of Carlson making odd or inappropriate comments. The New York Times reported that it had obtained video of the Fox personality discussing his “post-menopausal fans” and describing a woman he finds “yummy.”
The network abruptly cut ties with Carlson on the morning of April 24, releasing a brief statement that “Fox News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways,” and noting that Fox News Tonight would air in the time-slot previously reserved for Tucker Carlson Tonight.
That announcement came less than a week after the network agreed to pay US$787.5 million in a defamation lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems in which Carlson’s show figured prominently.
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