Fox News Presenter Gets Totally Roasted By Historian In Fiery Interview
Footage has gone viral of Fox News host Tucker Carlson losing every ounce of his cool over a Dutch historian's jabs about his employer and tax policy.
Rutger Bregman, the author and historian in question, became a sensation last month after not mincing his words at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Speaking to an audience of the world's wealthiest figures, Bregman called on billionaires to stop avoiding taxes and to pay more to begin with.
Bregman was booked to appear on Fox News, with popular host Tucker Carlson. The interview began smoothly enough, with Carlson commending Bregman's comments on the global elite who had, as the Dutchman pointed out, spoken about climate change after travelling to the forum on private jets.
From there, things grew increasingly tense after Bregman called the Fox host and his company "part of the problem".
"Most of the people in Davos, as well as most of the people on this channel, have been bought by the billionaire class," he claimed.
"You are a millionaire funded by billionaires, that's what you are. And I'm glad you now finally jumped the bandwagon of people like Bernie Sanders and [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez], but you're not the solution Mr Carlson."
The conversation escalated before Carlson resorted to profanity, as he realised his guest was thoroughly rinsing him.
"I wanna say to you why don't you go f**k yourself -- you tiny brain," he burst out.
"And I hope this gets picked up because you're a moron. I tried to give you a hearing but you were too f**king annoying."
"You can’t handle the criticism, can you?" Bregman responded to the outburst.
The interview was taped while Bregman was in Amsterdam, appearing via satellite. Though the segment was never aired on television, the historian managed to capture the footage -- and it was later posted on NowThis News.
"I chose to release it, because I think we should keep talking about the corrupting inflence of money in politics," he said in a Tweet.
Fox aired a response from Carlson on Thursday -- after the footage went viral from a NowThis tweet. Carlson said the show invited Bregman on to "congratulate him for what he said at Davos" but after a few pleasant minutes, he "launched an attack on Fox News".
"But then he claimed that my corporate masters tell me what to say on this show and that was too much," Carlson said.
"I called him a moron and then I modified that word with a vulgar Anglo-Saxon term that is also intelligible in Dutch. In my defense would say that that was entirely accurate but you're not allowed to use that word on television so once I'd said it out loud there was no airing the segment."
The host said the video was available for viewing online and while he apologised for the profanity, he stood by their meaning.
"There is some profanity and I apologise for that, on the other hand, it was genuinely heartfelt, I meant it with total sincerity."
So, it appears everyone is agreeing to disagree.