Tucker Carlson has left Fox News following the news of the Dominion lawsuit.

The raucous conservative was the network's most-watched prime-time host.

His scathing criticism of Fox executives was revealed in private communication made public in a recent lawsuit.

Fox News dismissed Tucker Carlson, its polarizing but popular prime-time host, on Monday.

This was a surprising and abrupt separation with one of the most influential characters in Republican politics,

who had contributed to the network's aggressive tone during the Trump era.

His dismissal comes less than a week after Fox agreed to pay Dominion Voting Systems $787.5 million to resolve a defamation

lawsuit filed by the firm after the network broadcast false claims that it planned to rig the 2020 presidential election.

This was the greatest publicly announced monetary settlement in a defamation action in the United States.

Although Carlson mainly avoided pushing those specific conspiracies, his private letters were among the thousands of internal contacts

made public as the lawsuit progressed through the courts, causing Fox concern and embarrassment and increasing the company's likelihood of legal trouble.