Dutch historian Rutger Bregman was invited onto Carlson’s show after calling out the world’s elite at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last month for not paying their fair share of taxes. Bregman didn’t back down from that stance during his appearance on Carlson’s show, and called the host “a millionaire funded by billionaires” and “part of the problem.”
That led to a stream of interview-ending profanities from Carlson.
While the segment never aired, Bregman and NowThis News released leaked footage of his end of the interview, which included audio of Carlson.
The Fox News host tweeted a response on Wednesday evening:
Justin Wells, senior executive producer of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” said in a statement that Carlson “is someone who appreciates many points of view.”
“Sadly, the guest turned an opportunity to have a substantive, informative discussion into an obviously calculated personal insult campaign,” Wells said. “We were disappointed in the segment and respect our audience’s time too much to consider airing it.”
But Twitter users had their own ideas as to why the segment got scrapped, plus a few other thoughts about Carlson:
This article has been updated with a comment from Wells.