"All right, I got to give you a compliment", Hannity said, addressing Carlson. Upton told New York Magazine in 2015 that she suffered for years following that moment, revealing the humiliation almost led her to suicide.
The confusion surrounding Carlson's "vacation" comes after Media Matters for America released audio clips and transcripts of the conservative TV host in which he can be heard dismissing the crimes of cult leader and convicted child sex offender Warren Jeffs. "I was very, very depressed", she said.
Carlson refused to cave into leftists demands for him to step down from Fox News though, saying anyone who disapproves of his comments is welcome to disagree with him on his show.
The leftist media watchdog group Media Matters unearthed recordings of Carlson on the "Bubba the Love Sponge Show", a popular "shock jock" show, during which he made lewd comments about a 17-year-old Miss Teen USA contestant, Middle Eastern immigrants, and other cultural topics.
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On Tuesday, Carlson praised Fox News for supporting him and stood by his refusal to apologize, vowing "we will never bow to the mob ー ever". I mean, if you had a wife that dumb.
After the first round - which featured Carlson's suggestions that rape shield laws were "totally unfair", that women were "extremely primitive" and that he would "love" a scenario involving young girls experimenting sexually - Carlson issued a defiant statement to The Washington Post.
"We know there is a lot of noise out there, but the voice of a few shouldn't prevent you from marketing your brands to millions of consumers who actually buy your products and services", Marianne Gambelli, the network's head of advertising, said at a presentation to sponsors, per the Los Angeles Times. "How is he black, for one thing?"
On his show Monday night, Carlson maintained on his show that he owed nobody an apology.
On Wednesday morning, Fox & Friends described those criticizing Carlson's comments as "bullies trying to silence individuals who either don't conform or think a little differently".