Tucker Carlson chuckled at Elon Musk’s explanation for firing thousands of Twitter employees during an interview with Fox News on Monday. (Watch the video below.)
Musk has laid off about 5,500 people since he bought the company in October, numbers that drew laughter from the Fox News host as Musk explained the reasons for the mass layoffs.
Musk said 20 percent of his original staff were laid off and that some departures were voluntary.
Carlson noted that an 80 percent reduction in workers was “a lot.”
“If you’re not trying to run some sort of glorified activist organization … and you don’t care too much about censorship, then it looks like you can let a lot of people go,” Musk said.
Carlson practically doubled over laughing and beamed with glee as he told Musk an anecdote about his job cuts.
“I recently had dinner with somebody who runs a big company,” the Fox News host reminded Musk. “He said, ‘I’m very inspired by Elon.’ And I said, “The free speech thing?” He says, “No, undergraduate staff.”
Musk went on to say that his company is “absurdly overworked” and that product development doesn’t match its years of existence.
Musk recently shared his unfiltered views on the platform for wrongly blaming the murder of Cash app founder Bob Lee on San Francisco’s “horrible” crime problem and distancing himself from mainstream news organizations like NPR and CBC.
Carlson, meanwhile, could be heard in another forum, a court of law, as Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion lawsuit against Fox News is about to begin. Dominion says the conservative network defamed the company by having several hosts and guests falsely claim that Dominion’s machines were responsible for Donald Trump’s 2020 election defeat.
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