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Fox News host Tucker Carlson: Biography of a right-wing superstar

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  • Tucker Carlson, 51, is the host of the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News — currently the most-watched cable news program in history.
  • Before embarking on a career in print and then television journalism, Carlson applied for a job at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) but was rejected.
  • Over the years, Carlson’s controversial comments about immigrants, women, and Black people have landed him in hot water and prompted dozens of companies to pull their advertisements from his show.
  • Now, prominent Republican figures in the GOP are saying that there is an “emerging consensus” that Carlson would have a strong chance if he were to run for president in 2024.
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Drawing an average of 4.3 million viewers in the last quarter, Tucker Carlson is currently the most-watched man in the country.

The Fox News anchor, known for his anti-immigrant views, is becoming increasingly popular with right-wing conservatives.

But he is no stranger to controversy: Over the years, Carlson has made contentious comments about women, immigrants, and Black people that have landed him in hot water and prompted more than a dozen companies to pull their advertisements from his show.

Scroll down to find out how Carlson went from being rejected from the CIA and publicly taken down by Jon Stewart, to drawing massive audiences and being put forward as a likely contender for the 2024 presidency. 

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