BRYANT POND, Maine (AP) — Fox News host Tucker Carlson said he’s scuttling plans for a TV studio near his vacation home in rural Maine because of publicity.
Carlson planned to buy an old town garage and transform it into a studio under a deal that called for him to pay $30,000 for the building while Fox would pay to equip the studio, the Sun Journal newspaper reported.
But Carlson pulled the plug within hours of the news report Wednesday evening. Carlson described himself as “bitter” and “crushed” and called the news report a “total violation of my privacy.”
He said Fox would never leave such expensive equipment in a small, rural studio whose presence is widely known.
2/ For what it’s worth, it never occurred to me that writing about his effort to buy a public building & convert it into a tv studio was somehow a violation of his privacy, as he told me. I thought I was just writing a pretty straightforward news story.
— Steve Collins (@SteveCollinsSJ) March 14, 2019
As for Bryant Pond, it holds a special place in Carlson’s heart.
Carlson told the town that he’s “spent virtually every summer of my life” at nearby Lake Christopher. He currently broadcasts occasionally from a room in the town library basement, which he rents for $2,500 a year, the newspaper reported.