Audio: Tucker Carlson made explicit jokes about Miss Teen USA contestant

Audio: Tucker Carlson made explicit jokes about Miss Teen USA contestant
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson can be heard in newly unearthed audio making explicit jokes about a former Miss Teen USA contestant on a "shock jock" radio program years ago.

The edited clip, released by the left-leaning watchdog organization Media Matters and first published by the outlet NowThis, portrays Carlson making the jokes in a 2007 interview.

Carlson speculates with interviewers on the "Bubba the Love Sponge Show" about pageant host Mario Lopez and his interactions with contestants including Caitlin Upton, according to The Washington Post.

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When the program's host asked Carlson if he thought that would present legal issues, saying he believed the contestant was 17, Carlson said that Lopez "gets a pass."

“She’d probably be a pretty good wife,” Carlson remarked in another part of the audio. “If you had a wife that dumb, would it be good or bad?” 

"She's so dumb. She's vulnerable. She's like a wounded gazelle separated from the herd." 

Upton, a contestant from South Carolina in 2007, was widely mocked online after a blunder on stage when asked about a poll showing that a fifth of Americans couldn't locate the U.S. on a map. She later told New York Magazine in 2015 that she struggled for years over the moment.

"I definitely went through a period where I was very, very depressed," Upton told the magazine then, saying she also considered suicide.

Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday about the latest audio recording.

This is the third batch of Carlson's radio appearances to resurface this week from Media Matters.

On Sunday, the left-wing group released audio in which Carlson can be heard appearing to call for an end to rape shield laws and calling women "extremely primitive" more than a decade ago.

In more audio the outlet released, Carlson can be heard saying he would vote for a president who wanted to kill "lunatic Muslims" and that the Congressional Black Caucus "exists to blame the white man for everything."

Carlson, following the initial publication of his remarks, refused to apologize, tweeting Monday that Media Matters had caught him saying something "naughty."

He also gave a monologue on his TV program Monday in which he doubled down on his refusal, saying he wouldn't "bow to the mob."

"Since the day we went on the air, they’ve been working hard to kill this show," he said.

"There’s no pretending that it’s not happening. It is happening. And so going forward, we’ll be covering their efforts to make us be quiet."