'Fox & Friends' host calls out people trying to 'seek and destroy' Tucker Carlson

"Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade on Wednesday called out people trying to "seek and destroy" fellow network host Tucker Carlson over a series of derogatory remarks he made about women and minorities years ago.

Kilmeade made the statement during a "Fox & Friends" segment in which a roundtable of panelists condemned what they called a "movement" in America of people trying to destroy those with whom they disagree. 

"There is this movement now of personally destroying people, of just being mean, and I think that this is what Americans want to change," Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce said, appearing to reference a segment "The View" ran about a conspiracy theory involving first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump faces backlash after not committing to peaceful transition of power FBI director casts doubt on concerns over mail-in voting fraud Trump: 'We could hardly hear' boos, chanting at Supreme Court MORE.


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Kilmeade agreed with Bruce's remarks, before adding that he has loved how she has stood up for Carlson despite the criticism he's received over the newly unearthed audio.

"I think that’s the same issue here, isn’t it?" Bruce asked. "It's about people being bullies, trying to silence individuals who either don't conform or think a little differently. That's the heart and soul of America."

"Seek and destroy," Kilmeade said. 

Carlson is under intense public scrutiny over a range of audio clips the left-leaning watchdog organization Media Matters released this week. The clips, released in batches over the last few days, include comments Carlson made while appearing on a popular "shock jock" radio program between 2006 and 2011.

The first batch of audio, released Sunday, included Carlson describing Martha Stewart’s daughter Alexis Stewart, journalist Arianna Huffington and singer Britney Spears in pejorative terms. 

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

Audio released by the organization on Monday revealed that Carlson made disparaging remarks about minorities as well. Among other things, Carlson said that Iraq was a "crappy place filled with a bunch of ... semiliterate primitive monkeys." 

Carlson has so far refused to apologize for his past statements, saying on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on Monday that he would "never bow to the mob."

Bedding and sleepwear company Sheex said Tuesday that it would stop running advertisements on Carlson's nightly news show. 

"Due to the inappropriate statements of Tucker Carlson that have recently come to light, SHEEX has made the decision to cease advertising on his television program, Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the company said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fox News has stood by Carlson amid similar controversies. In December, the news network said it would not allow voices like his "be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts" from organizations such as Media Matters. 

The statement came after several advertisers pulled ads from his show after Carlson said immigration makes the U.S. "poorer and dirtier and more divided."