A Dutch historian accused Tucker Carlson on Tuesday of swearing at him during a recorded interview that Fox News Channel is now refusing to air.
The conversation between Carlson and Rutger Bregman went swiftly downhill after Bregman said the primetime host was “a millionaire funded by billionaires,” which then supposedly caused Carlson to call him a “f–ing moron.”
“So @TuckerCarlson just called me a ‘f—ing moron’ during a prerecord for his show, for pointing out that he’s a millionaire funded by billionaires. Let’s see if they’ll air it,” Bregman said in a tweet.
“Good morning @TuckerCarlson, why didn’t you air the interview with me last night? Couldn’t handle the criticism? I think you should just show it. And try to resist the temptation to edit,” he added in a follow-up the next day.
Bregman also warned that he had recorded the entire interview but gave no indication of plans for if and how he might release it. Bregman, the author of several books, also said he received an email from Carlson after the interview that additionally called him “a–hole.”
“I loved what you said at Davos, so I had high hopes for our interview,” it read. “But you turned out to be dumber, more dogmatic and less impressive. You’re [a] professional academic, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but it was still disappointing. Also, for what it’s worth, you’re an a–hole.”
Bregman did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap, but Carlson’s senior executive producer, Justin Wells, did confirm the interview had been nixed.
“Tucker is someone who appreciates many points of view,” Wells told TheWrap. “Sadly, the guest turned an opportunity to have a substantive, informative discussion into an obviously calculated personal insult campaign. We were disappointed in the segment and respect our audience’s time too much to consider airing it.”
Neither he nor a rep for Fox News would confirm whether or not Carlson had used profanities toward Bregman.