Russian TV Seems to Tease Tucker Carlson Show

State channel is running a trailer promoting former Fox host's appearance
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2023 2:39 PM CDT
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Dimtry Kiselev speaks during his Sunday news program on state-owned TV channel Rossiya-1 in Moscow in 2018.   (RU-RTR Russian Television via AP)

Tucker Carlson may no longer be receiving exposure on Fox News, but he's trending on Russian state TV. The news channel Rossiya 24 has aired a trailer featuring Carlson for a weekend program, the BBC reports. The promotional trailer appears to combine clips of Carlson saying "Russia" and "24." Onscreen text says: "The high-profile American presenter is moving to another level. Here." But the former Fox host told the Financial Times on Friday he knows nothing about it. "Of course I'm not hosting a show on Russian television," Carlson texted. "That's absurd. Please."

It wasn't evident from the spot, which aired most recently on Friday, whether the channel was signaling a repackaging of Carlson's English-language videos that he posts on X or fresh programming. State TV has seemed supportive of Carlson in the past, citing his sympathetic commentary on Russia, President Vladimir Putin, and the invasion of Ukraine. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov lamented Carlson's departure from Fox. A YouTube channel has posted some of Carlson's shows in Russian for five years, per the BBC. KarlsonTV has more than 1 million subscribers. His texts Friday dismissed the TV talk as "more Russia-related" nonsense. (Read more Tucker Carlson stories.)

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