Tucker Carlson says he won’t apologize for comments in resurfaced radio interview

Fox News host Tucker Carlson said Sunday that he wouldn’t apologize for a series of derogatory comments he made about women on a radio show several years ago. 

“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,” Carlson said in a statement on Twitter just hours after the left-leaning watchdog organization surfaced a variety of remarks Carlson made on the “Bubba the Love Sponge” radio program between 2006 and 2011.

“Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why,” Carlson added.

{mosads}Media Matters released audio earlier Sunday featuring many of Carlson’s appearances on a popular “shock jock” radio program that is hosted by Todd Clem. Carlson, who joined Fox News in 2009, was a weekly guest on the syndicated show and discussed many cultural and political topics over the years. According to Variety, the comments appeared to have been made while Carlson was a host for MSNBC or when he became a contributor for Fox News Channel.

In the audio clips surfaced by Media Matters, Carlson makes a number of derogatory comments about women. He also makes multiple observations about issues related to sexual abuse.

Among other things, Carlson described Martha Stewart’s daughter Alexis Stewart, journalist Arianna Huffington and Britney Spears with pejorative terms, according to transcripts posted by the outlet.

He said in October 2007 that women as a whole were “extremely primitive,” according to the transcripts.

Carlson also appeared to call for an end to rape shield laws in 2006. Such laws are intended to protect victims of sexual assault. 

Carlson still occasionally appears on the “Bubba the Love Sponge” program as a guest, according to HuffPost. The news outlet noted that Carlson appeared on the show last November to discuss his career at Fox News. 

Carlson, a vocal supporter of President Trump, has frequently sparked controversy in his time as a nightly news host. More than a dozen companies pulled advertisements on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” late last year after he said immigration makes the U.S. “poorer and dirtier and more divided.” 

Fox News stood by Carlson at the time, saying it would not allow voices like his to “be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts” from organizations such as Media Matters. 

Media Matters for America President Angelo Carusone slammed Fox News’s characterization at the time. 

“This isn’t about Media Matters, Sleeping Giants, or activists. No one forced Tucker Carlson’s odious bigotry and fixation on white genocide conspiracy theories,” Carusone said in a statement. “And that’s what advertisers are rejecting. Rightfully so, too.” 

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