Carl­son book deal may net him $15 mil­lion

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dou­glas Ernst

Tucker Carl­son’s rising clout at Fox News Chan­nel has prompted an ex­pen­sive bid­ding war among book pub­lish­ers.

Former ca­ble news king­pin Bill O’Reilly’s de­par­ture from Fox af­ter a 20-year run has given “Tucker Carl­son Tonight” a chance to flour­ish in the cov­eted 8 p.m. time slot. A source within the pub­lish­ing in­dus­try told The Hol­ly­wood Reporter on Wednesday that Mr. Carl­son’s rat­ings and witty personality may net him a deal worth any­where from $12 mil­lion to $15 mil­lion.

The en­ter­tain­ment website noted that Mr. Carl­son’s star power is primed to eclipse former Fox host Megyn Kelly, who re­ceived a high seven-fig­ure ad­vance for “Set­tle For More.”

“Carl­son’s pro­posed book is said to be cur­rent events-ori­ented, provoca­tive and funny,” THR re­ported. “While the deal would tech­ni­cally be for one or two books, pub­lish­ers see a po­ten­tial fran­chise in Carl­son and view the deal as the start of a long-term re­la­tion­ship, not a one-off project.”

The good news for Mr. Carl­son comes just days af­ter a rat­ings suc­cess for his de­but in Mr. O’Reilly’s former time slot. The new host av­er­aged 636,000 view­ers be­tween the ages of 25 to 54, which matched his pre­de­ces­sor’s track record with the de­mo­graphic.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.