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Tucker Carlson’s Weekly TV Ratings Rise Despite Boycotts

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Last week, there were calls to fire Tucker Carlson from Fox News after old audio resurfaced of the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host making crude remarks about women and statutory rape on a shock-jock radio show. Also last week, Carlson’s Nielsen ratings rose 8 percent.

“Tucker Carlson Tonight” averaged 3 million total viewers last week, with 517,000 of them coming from the key adults 15-54 demographic. Those Nielsen numbers were up 7 percent and 8 percent, respectively, from the prior week  — and they also easily beat MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes” (1.8 million and 298,000) and CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” (1 million and 269,000).

In the demo, Carlson’s week was down 2019-to-date and versus the same week in 2018.

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As a whole, Fox News had another big week in terms of viewership. Across primetime, which for Fox is a Carlson/Sean Hannity/Laura Ingraham lineup, FNC averaged 2.387 million total viewers, with 401,000 in the 25-54 demo. March 11 through March 17 marked nine straight weeks for Fox as the No. 1 cable network.

Below are channels ranking 2 through 5 in primetime-audience averages:
2.    ESPN (1,935,000)
3.    MSNBC (1,868,000)
4.    HGTV (1,283,000)
5.    History (1,180,000)

CNN checked in at eleventh in primetime, averaging 939,000 total viewers for the important day part.

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The latest outcry again Carlson arose after liberal watchdog group Media Matters dropped a compilation of years’ worth of audio that documented Carlson’s regular appearances on the the radio show of Bubba the Love Sponge between 2006 and 2011. In the recordings, Carlson made disparaging remarks about women, including calling television host Alexis Stewart “c-ty.”

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Back in December, Carlson lost sponsors after saying that immigrants made the United States a “poorer” and “dirtier” country. He subsequently shed some more advertisers after suggesting that high-earning women had become a cause for social ills in the U.S. and warned that men would not want to marry them.

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American Muslim Group Calls for Advertisers to Drop Fox News Unless Jeanine Pirro, Tucker Carlson Are Fired

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling on all advertisers to drop Fox News until the network fires hosts Jeanine Pirro and Tucker Carlson due to comments by both hosts that the civil rights group called “Islamophobic.”

“Fox News must clearly state that Jeanine Pirro will not be allowed back on the air after her long history of Islamophobic hate rhetoric and the network must also take similar action against other Islamophobic hosts like Tucker Carlson,” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said in a statement. “All existing advertisers should drop their ads on Fox News to ensure that they are not associated with the promotion of hate.”

The council (more commonly known as CAIR) is one of the largest and most influential civil rights organizations for Muslim Americans.

Fox News preempted Jeanine Pirro’s weekly Saturday show on Saturday one week after the former federal judge suggested on air that Rep. Ilhan Omar may not fully support the United States Constitution because she is a Muslim — a statement that the network said last week that it “strongly condemns.”

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CAIR has also singled out statements that Carlson made on the radio show of a Florida shock jock between 2006 and 2011 that the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America recently resurfaced.

“Iraq is a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys — that’s why it wasn’t worth invading,” Carlson said during one interview from 2008, and in another imagined a presidential candidate who would blame “lunatic Muslims who are behaving like animals.”

Fox News did not immediately respond to a series of questions about the CAIR statement.

Even as dozens of advertisers have dropped Carlson’s show in recent months over comments about immigrants and women, the network has repeatedly vowed to stand the primetime host and insisted that it would never bow to pressure campaigns from Media Matters or anyone. (The network has been notably less vocal in its support of Pirro, offering no comment on when or if she might return to the air.)

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Both hosts however got a big assist over the weekend from their most famous fan, the President of the United States. In a series of tweets on Sunday, Trump rebuked the network after Pirro’s show was preempted and urged Fox to stand strong behind both hosts.

“Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro. The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well,” Trump scolded. “Fox must stay strong and fight back with vigor. Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down, and continue to fight for our Country. The losers all want what you have, don’t give it to them. Be strong & prosper, be weak & die!”

“Keep fighting for Tucker, and fight hard for @JudgeJeanine,” he concluded. “Your competitors are jealous – they all want what you’ve got – NUMBER ONE. Don’t hand it to them on a silver platter. They can’t beat you, you can only beat yourselves!”

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John Oliver Finds Jay Leno’s Call for Late-Night TV ‘Civility’ a Tad Hypocritical (Video)

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John Oliver torched Jay Leno Sunday after the ex-“Tonight Show” host called for a return to “civility” on late-night talk shows. There was just one problem there: Leno had a never-ending string of Monica Lewinsky jokes back in the ’90s, and some of them definitely crossed into the “slut-shaming” category.

“Those jokes have not dated well in any sense of the word,” the “Last Week Tonight” host said on his show last night.

Like the time when Leno revealed a new “Dr. Seus” book, “The Slut in the Hat.” Yeah, the replacement for The Cat was Lewinsky. That’s gross, Jay.

Oliver countered that with his own Dr. Seuss spoof, “Oh, the Places You Can Go F–k Yourself, Jay Leno.” The weekly HBO show then rolled an excellent new interview between Oliver and Lewinsky.

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Earlier in the cable talk-show’s main segment, Oliver slammed Fox News Channel anchor host Tucker Carlson for the way he shrugged off blowback to resurfaced crude comments he made years ago on a shock-jock radio show.

“One day you’re having dinner with your family imaging everything is fine, the next your phone is exploding with calls from reporters,” Carlson had addressed the backlash on his own show last week.

“First of all, no one having dinner with Tucker Carlson has ever imagined everything was fine,” Oliver said. “Most people’s answer to the question, ‘If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead’ is ‘Tucker Carlson, dead.’”

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Why Does Media Matters Only Seem to Target Fox News Stars Like Tucker Carlson?

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The liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America, which burst back into the public eye this week with multiple reports highlighting embarrassing past public remarks by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, has long targeted conservative media and Fox News in particular — while giving a pass to liberals guilty of comparable misstatements.

The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, founded 15 years ago by conservative journalist turned progressive activist David Brock, has led pressure campaigns and advertiser boycotts against former Fox News stars Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly — as well as ongoing campaigns against Carlson and fellow Fox News primetime hosts Laura Ingraham. Each has lost dozens of sponsors.

But the organization has largely ignored embarrassing past comments made by the likes of civil rights leader turned CNN host Al Sharpton or MSNBC anchor Joy Reid, who once ran a blog (unearthed by Mediaite) that included remarks she herself described as “hateful.”

“In the end for progressive activist groups like Media Matters, Fox News is the biggest and most powerful and therefore the first and only elephant to bag,” Joe Concha, a media reporter for The Hill, told TheWrap. “It’s why those who part ways with the network are never targeted again. There’s a bigger mission here, and that is to weaken the network by removing its biggest stars.”

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A rep for Media Matters insisted that the group maintains a broad focus. “We don’t only watchdog Fox News. We put research resources and work into way more than Fox,” the individual said, without offering specifics. “There are other ways to push for change and accountability other than advertiser efforts.”

Though its mission statement on its website makes clear that its focus is on monitoring media “for conservative misinformation,” Media Matters has largely bypassed other increasingly ascendant players in right-wing media, including local news giant Sinclair and David Pecker’s American Media — producing few articles and launching no boycotts against other outlets’ prominent personalities and sponsors.

“Sinclair just isn’t important. You can find Sinclair if you are a hardcore boomer con passing around memes on Facebook but Fox is a brand,” said media critic Stephen L. Miller, a former Fox News contributor who is no relation to the White House official of the same name. “You can turn Fox on and watch it and everyone knows it. They have higher ratings than MSNBC and certainly higher than any show on CNN, which is what this is actually about.”

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Indeed, Media Matters president Angelo Carusone dismissed critics of MSNBC’s Joy Reid, calling attacks on the host “bulls—” and “right-wing chicanery” and said outrage over her past derogatory remarks about LGBT people was “not based on a pattern of behavior but on a random thing plucked from time and space.”

Carusone also shot down criticism of his own past comments after the Carlson-founded Daily Caller resurfaced 2005 blog posts in which he referred to “trannies” and “Jewish gold.” “That entire exercise on our website was a satirical parody of a right-wing blow hard,” Carusone told TheWrap. “I did it for two months and I stopped. It was a parody.”

For many media critics, Media Matters’ selective outrage over Fox News is a blind spot that reduces its overall credibility.

“It’s pretty simple: Media Matters is on record declaring the Joy Reid story wasn’t worth exploring at all because it didn’t reach its standards. The standard, of course, being that Reid works for MSNBC and is one of the network’s most beloved hosts.” Concha said. “To cover Reid would mean alienating its readers and defying its mission, and that just wasn’t going to happen.”

Radio host and The Federalist contributor Jesse Kelly added, “Media Matters gave Joy Reid a pass because she’s a lefty and Media Matters is only interested in the destruction and silencing of people on the right.”

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Media Matters’ targeting of Fox News isn’t new. In a 2011 interview with Politico that noted that Media Matters had “all but abandoned its monitoring of newspapers and other television networks,” the group’s then-president Brock declared “war on Fox” and promised a campaign of “guerilla warfare and sabotage.”

The organization only began reporting on Carlson since he joined Fox News a decade ago. He actually worked for MSNBC from 2005 to 2008 — a period when Carlson made many of his most inflammatory comments on the Bubba the Love Sponge radio show. Media Matters did not surface the comments at the time and MSNBC is not known to have taken any disciplinary action against him. Reps for the network declined to comment for this story.

While Media Matters has not said that it wants to see Carlson removed from the air, the organization has pressured current and prospective advertisers to avoid the network. “It would be unfair of us to know all that we know about Fox News and its volatility and not share that when it would matter most to those brands,” Carusone told TheWrap.

On Wednesday, the channel held an event for prospective media buyers to win over new advertisers for the network’s less partisan news programming. Carusone told TheWrap the group’s releases of past Tucker comments were not intended to overshadow the gathering, but his organization staged a protest outside the network’s headquarters in New York City on the same day.

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In a statement, Fox News said the advertiser showcase went swimmingly. “Today more than 100 advertisers attended Fox News Channel’s first ever upfront presentation which showcased our best in class journalism and opinion programming,” Marianne Gambelli, Fox News president for advertising sales, told TheWrap. “We were extremely proud to open our doors and introduce the media buying community to our America’s Watching campaign, incredible team of talent and new state of the art studios.”

So far, the channel has vowed to stand behind Carlson, a point he proudly stated in his opening monologue on Monday.

“Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day. Toughness is a rare quality at a TV network, and we are grateful for that,” Carlson said. “We will never bow to the mob, ever, no matter what.” In recent months, the network has issued several statements of support for him and Ingraham — who is also facing a protracted advertiser boycott over remarks she made last year about Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg.

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Samantha Bee on Tucker Carlson Audio: ‘The Audition Tape That Got Him a Job Interview at Fox’ (Video)

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Samantha Bee offered her two cents on the Tucker Carlson imbroglio currently engulfing Fox News on Wednesday, saying that the host’s old disparaging remarks towards women and Iraqis is probably what got him his job at the network.

“That is vile and disgusting and presumably the audition tape that got him a job interview at Fox,” Bee said during the monologue of her TBS show “Full Frontal. “Tucker Carlson publicly advocated a genocide while promoting his MSNBC show?”

On set, Bee played several of the most damaging moments from the Carlson audio released by Media Matters this week.

“I love women, but they’re extremely primitive. They’re basic,” Carlson said in one moment during his collected appearances on Florida shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge’s radio show.

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“If there were a Democrat to come out in the 2008 election and say, ‘you know what the problem is, it’s these lunatic Muslims who are behaving like animals and I am going to kill as many of them as I can if you’d elect me.’ I’d vote for you if you said that,” he added, during another moment on the show.

He also said Iraq was a place filled with “semi-literate primitive monkeys.”

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Bee has a personal bone to pick with Carlson. In May 2018, the host attacked her on air after the comedian called Ivanka Trump a “feckless c–.” Carlson said he was stunned by Bee’s use of the term and said it just wasn’t a word that should be in anyone’s vocabulary.

“That one word that [Bee] used. I don’t know any man who uses that word because it is kind of the one word that is actually degrading,” Carlson told radio host Tammy Bruce on his own show. “It’s the thing that feminists are always telling us. That word really is.”

Among the many things Carlson was quoted saying on Bubba’s show was a pointed jab at television host Alexis Stewart, who he called “c–ty.”

Bee later apologized for using the word  toward Ivanka. Tucker, however, has remained defiant. In a statement Sunday, he refused to concede wrongdoing and said anyone aggrieved should come on his show. Fox News has stood resolutely behind him throughout.

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Tucker Carlson Lashes Out at Media Matters Chief Angelo Carusone Over Past ‘Racist Blog’

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Tucker Carlson spent a third day attacking left wing critics and Media Matters for America on Wednesday evening, this time zeroing in on newly resurfaced blog posts from the organization’s president Angelo Carusone.

“Carusone is himself an enthusiastic bigot,” Carlson said on his Fox News primetime show. “We know this for sure because he has written about it extensively. It turns out for years Carusone maintained a racist blog.”

The Fox News host then read a number of excerpts from Cauronse’s blog from more than a decade ago. In one post called “tranny paradise,” Carusone mocked a Bangladeshi man who had been assaulted in Thailand by a group of male prostitutes. In another, he attempted to explain his longtime boyfriend’s conservative leanings by noting his “possession of several bags of Jewish gold.”

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“Jewish gold,” Carlson said. “According to Angelo Carusone, Jewish gold is a problem. Media Matters probably ought to issue a press release about this. They’ve done a lot more for a lot less.”

The story on Carusone’s blog was reported on Wednesday in the Daily Caller — a paper co-founder by Carlson in 2010.

Carusone addressed the issue during an appearance at a Media Matters sponsored protest outside of Fox News on Wednesday.

“That entire exercise on our website was a satirical parody of a right wing blow hard,” Carusone told TheWrap. “The entire thing was a caricature of what a right wing blow hard would sound like if he was living my life. It wasn’t a very good effort. I did it for two months and I stopped. It was a parody.”

“Tucker Carlson and Fox News should be grateful that Media Matters is as fair as we are because there’s a ton of stuff that we didn’t publish,” Carusone added.

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On Sunday and Monday, the non-profit liberal watchdog group dropped multiple recordings of Carlson making embarrassing remarks on the radio show of Florida shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge. Among the most notable were calling television host Alexis Stewart “c–ty,” saying Iraqis were “primitive semi-literate monkeys,” and various other disparaging remarks toward women in general.

The drop was explicitly designed to put pressure on Carlson’s current and prospective advertisers and to continue an exodus which has seen dozens of sponsors leave the program in recent months. In a statement on Sunday, the host conceded to “naughty” language but refused to apologize, saying he was happy to have anyone who was aggrieved by what he thought on his show.

In a monologue Monday, he added that his network stood resolutely behind him.

“Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day. Toughness is a rare quality at a TV network, and we are grateful for that,” Carlson said. “We will never bow to the mob, ever, no matter what.”

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Tucker Carlson Calls for IRS Investigation Into Media Matters

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Tucker Carlson called for an IRS investigation into Media Matters for America on Tuesday saying that as a non-profit, its political activity was in violation of its 501 (c) (3) status.

“In an e-mail from January 5 of 2016, Hillary staff discussed working with Media Matters to counter a Vanity Fair piece on Huma Abedin, quote, ‘We have Media Matters and core surrogates lined up which we can expand on tomorrow,’” Carlson said. “This isn’t just unethical, it is illegal.”

“Under IRS Regulations 501 (c) (3), nonprofits are totally prohibited from participating in campaigns of political candidates. Media Matters broke the law. The group has never been punished for this, though it is widely known,” Carlson continued. “Media Matters retains its tax exempt status. That means that you and every other taxpayer is subsidizing attacks on our own First Amendment. Why is this? How can this be happening? Maybe someone should call the IRS tomorrow morning and find out.”

Reps for Media Matters and the IRS did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

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Carlson and Fox News have been on a warpath ever since the liberal watchdog group posted excerpts from multiple radio interviews Carlson gave between 2006 and 2011 in which he made disparaging remarks towards women and called Iraqis “semiliterate primitive monkeys.”

“Media Matters is a George Soros-funded lobbying organization whose sole mission is to punish critics of the Democratic Party,” Carlson derided. “Media Matters often uses propaganda from the Southern Poverty Law Center to bully corporations, news executives, and tech companies into punishing people it doesn’t like. Not surprisingly, the media love Media Matters.”

In the segment, the Fox News also went after mainstream media journalists who have worked with the organization, citing the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent and BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith by name as people willing to do Media Matters bidding.

Reps for Sargent and Smith did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap. Carlson also repeated his past attacks on CNN senior media reporter Brian Stelter, again calling him a eunuch. CNN has repeatedly declined to respond to the insult.

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Since Media Matters dropped audio from Carlson’s frequent appearances on the radio show of Florida shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge, the host and his network have faced renewed outrage and calls for him to be terminated. At least two advertisers have dropped his show since the Media Matters drop.

In a statement Sunday, Carlson refused to apologize for the “naughty” language, saying anyone upset was welcome to come on his show and have it out with him.

“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,” Carlson said. “Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour,” Carlson continued. “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.”

On Monday, Carlson doubled down on air, informing viewers that he would never “bow” to online outrage mobs and said Fox News stood resolutely behind him.

“Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day. Toughness is a rare quality at a TV network, and we are grateful for that,” Carlson said. “We will never bow to the mob, ever, no matter what.”

The network confirmed Tuesday evening that Carlson was expected to remain on air for the rest of the week.

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Tucker Carlson’s show slipped a bit in demo ratings on Monday, which was the Fox News host’s first episode since Media Matters unearthed old audio of Carlson making crude remarks about women and statutory rape during radio interviews.

Last night’s program drew 2.895 million viewers, with 495,000 of those coming from the key adults 25-54 demographic. Those numbers topped all of Tucker’s cable news competition, but they’re down from his quarter-to-date averages.

Versus last Monday (2.862 million) and the same night last year (2.791 million), Carlson’s latest episode ticked up in total viewers.

“Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day. Toughness is a rare quality at a TV network, and we are grateful for that,” Carlson addressed the online boycotts against him during Monday’s show. “We will never bow to the mob, ever, no matter what.”

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Carlson is the host of cable news’ No. 2 show, sitting just behind fellow Fox News program “Hannity,” which airs after his. That means Carlson owns his 8 p.m. hour among direct competition, and that claim holds true for both total viewers and among adults 25-54, which is the key demographic for companies advertising on news programming.

We can extrapolate that even further: Carlson has the most-watched show at 8 p.m. in all of cable, including the ESPNs and HGTVs of the world. Among his main demo, Carlson currently ranks below ESPN and USA Network.

For 2019 to-date, Carlson episodes are averaging 2.937 million total viewers per episode, with 525,000 of those coming from the main demo.

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Carlson has lost dozens of sponsors over a series of comments led to backlash. In December, he said that immigrants made the United States a “poorer” and “dirtier” country. Carlson subsequently lost more advertisers after suggesting that high-earning women had become a cause for social ills in the U.S. and warned that men would not want to marry them.

The latest outcry arose after liberal watchdog group Media Matters on Sunday dropped a compilation of years’ worth of audio that documented Carlson’s regular appearances on the the radio show of Florida shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge between 2006 and 2011. In the recordings, Carlson made disparaging remarks about women, including calling television host Alexis Stewart “c-ty.”

“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,” Carlson said on Sunday. “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.”

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Tucker Carlson doubled-down Monday night against his critics who reacted to a compilation of decade-old radio interviews published by Media Matters for America in which the host made various disparaging comments toward women.

In a monologue on Monday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the conservative commentator said he would never “bow to the mob,” adding that Fox News stands behind him.

“Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day. Toughness is a rare quality at a TV network, and we are grateful for that,” Carlson said. “We will never bow to the mob, ever, no matter what.”

Carlson added that he would never be pressured into apologizing but would only due so if he genuinely believed himself in the wrong.

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On Sunday and into Monday, Carlson faced a cascade of outrage on Twitter over remarks he made between 2006 and 2011 to the Florida radio shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge. On set Monday evening, Carlson said the remarks had been said in jest or taken out of context.

In a statement issued late Sunday evening, Carlson did concede the language had been “naughty,” but said anyone upset was welcome to appear on his show to air their grievances.

“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,” Carlson said “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.”

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The host is currently facing a boycott of more than two dozen advertisers, a group that was joined by pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca on Monday.

Carlson’s monologue stating that his network supported him aligns with multiple past statements the Fox News has issued in defense of him and fellow embattled host Laura Ingraham.

In a statement to TheWrap Monday morning, Media Matters president Angelo Carusone said that more Carlson recordings were coming.

“The other material is similarly vile,” Carusone said. “The next one will help give some additional insight into Tucker’s worldview vis-a-vis race and ethnicity.”

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In another batch of unearthed audio released by Media Matters, Tucker Carlson called Iraqis “semiliterate primitive monkeys,” made disparaging comments about Michelle Obama and credited white men for “creating civilization.”

The audio, released Monday evening, was taken from appearances on the “Bubba the Love Sponge Show,” between 2006 and 2011.

The topics discussed in these clips range from the 2008 presidential election, to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to immigration.

“Iraq is a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys — that’s why it wasn’t worth invading,” Carlson told the shock jock in October 2008, according Media Matters.

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In another clip from 2011, Carlson said that the war in Iraq could turn around “if, somehow, the Iraqis decided to behave like human beings.”

In 2006, Carlson told the radio show he had “zero sympathy” for Iraqis because they “don’t use toilet paper or forks,” adding that they should “just shut the f— up and obey” us.

Carlson told the radio host in 2008 that Michelle Obama could pose a problem for her husband because she “turns into a sister.”  Carlson also questioned whether Barack Obama was black, saying, “How is he Black, for one thing? He has one white parent, one Black parent.”

During a 2006 discussion on immigration, Carlson argued that immigrants should be “hot” or “really smart” because people picking lettuce aren’t going to build a stronger country.

“I just think it’s, you know, people who come to this country ought to have something to offer,” he said. “Be hot, be really smart, you know what I mean?”

Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

This the second set of unearthed audio recordings in as many days; On Sunday, Media Matters released several audio clips in which Carlson made disparaging comments about women and prosecution of statutory rape, among other things.

The release of the audio prompted renewed calls on social media for Fox to fire Carlson and advertisers to boycott his nightly show. Pharmaceutical company AstraZenica said it would no longer advertise on Carlson’s show.

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On his show Monday evening, Carlson said  that “Fox News is behind us.”

“Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day. Toughness is a rare quality at a TV network, and we are grateful for that,” Carlson said. “We will never bow to the mob, ever, no matter what.”

You can listen to the entire audio above.

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Although Tucker Carlson dismissed criticism of defending statutory rape in tapes unearthed by Media Matter, saying his incendiary comments were made “more than a decade ago,” Monday, The Daily Beast resurfaced a video interview showing the Fox News host making similar arguments as recently as 2015.

“I’m for treating women differently from the way we treat men,” Carlson told Gavin McInnes, founder of the Proud Boys, during a podcast interview. “I’m not for playing along at all.”

Carlson argued that there was a difference between statutory rapes committed by men and those committed by women.

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“It’s not even in the same universe, actually,” he told McInnes. “There are lots of things you have to play along with in life, and I understand society demands compromises… But there is a limit beyond which I can’t pretend anymore. And calling — in this case, it was a 17-year-old kid — a ‘rape victim’ because a teacher, who wasn’t even that old, or married, was kind enough to initiate him into the ways of adulthood. I’m not just going to sit there.”

“My best friend was involved in a relationship like that when we were kids,” Carlson went on to say. “There are not that many options. So you’re a 15-,16-, 17-year-old boy. You are driven by biology to procreate. So you are either going to be inflicting your attentions on one of your peers, who, let’s be honest, is not ready for it. She’s going to get hurt emotionally — 90 percent, I mean I’ve never seen a woman — girl — not hurt at that age,” adding, “I’m not going to pretend that’s rape, because it’s not.”

Carlson was referring to a case in which a female in Queens had sex with two 16-year-old students. According to the Queens Gazette, one of the students alerted authorities after the teacher had flipped because he was taking a date to the prom.

Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the latest tape.

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As The Daily Beast noted, Carlson also discussed the case during a 2014 appearance on Fox News daytime show “Outnumbered.”

“It’s ludicrous we are calling this a rape. Are you serious?” he said. “I’ll tell you what’s wrong to this extent — he went and tattled to the police and destroyed her life.”

Carlson has been under renewed scrutiny after the liberal media watchdog Media Matters released a compilation reel Sunday evening in which the Fox News host can be heard in a 2009 radio appearance rationalizing the actions of Warren Jeffs, the cult leader convicted of arranging child marriages.

“I am not defending underage marriage at all,” Carlson told shock jock known as Bubba the Love Sponge in the 2009 interview. “I just don’t think it’s the same thing exactly as pulling a child from a bus stop and sexually assaulting that child…. The rapist, in this case, has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of the person. So it it’s a little different. Let’s be honest about that.”

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Carlson also reiterated his defense of female teachers who have sex with students.

“They are doing a service to all 13-year-old girls by taking the pressure off,” Carlson said. “They are a pressure relief valve, like the kind you have on your furnace.”

Carlson refused to apologize Sunday, instead welcoming his critics to come on his show and take issue with him directly.

“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,” Carlson said. “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.”

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Media Matters said it has additional damning recordings of Carlson it plans to release.

“The other material is similarly vile,” company chief Angelo Carusone told TheWrap on Monday. “The next one will help give some additional insight into Tucker’s worldview vis-a-vis race and ethnicity.”

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