In audio recently released by Media Matters for America, the Fox News host can be heard using the homophobic slur f*ggot. The clip comes amongst a flood of recordings, all originating from the Bubba the Love Sponge Show from between 2006 and 2011, where Carlson uses disparaging language toward Iraqis, controversial statements about child rape, and more.
In a 2006 appearance on the show, the host says to Carlson, “I like you. I mean, I’m not trying to f*g out on you or nothing, but I like you.”
“Well I like you too, and I mean that,” Carlson replied. “You always say, ‘I mean that in a non-f*g way,’ but I actually mean it in a completely f*ggot way.” The co-hosts of the show then laugh.
“I wish I knew how to quit you, Tuck,” both hosts then said, one after the other, referencing an infamous scene from Brokeback Mountain.
On the show, Carlson also referred to Iraqis as “semiliterate primitive monkeys,” and in a separate moment, defended child rape. “I am not defending underage marriage at all. I just don’t think it’s the same thing exactly as pulling a child from a bus stop and sexually assaulting that child,” he said. “The rapist, in this case, has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of the person, so it is a little different.”
As Carlson has been called out for some of the releases, the conservative talking head has seemed undeterred, refusing to back down. He characterized his critics as a mob and said that Fox News continues to support him.
“First, Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day,” he said in an airing Monday. “Toughness is a rare quality in a TV Network, and we’re grateful for that. Second, we’ve always apologized when we’re wrong, and we’ll continue to do that. But we will never bow to the mob, ever, no matter what.” Still, not everyone is behind the controversial figure.
According to social media, the only major national advertiser spot on Carlson’s show was Bayer, the pharmaceutical company. A similar exodus was made in late 2018 after Carlson made anti-immigrant statements. In the past he has also stoked hate toward survivors of the Pulse massacre.