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It seems former tabloid TV talk show host Montel Williams doesn’t take well to others speaking about his romantic interests.
In remarks made to Mediaite on Tuesday, Williams lashed out at Fox News host Tucker Carlson for talking about his former relationship with current Vice President Kamala Harris.
Besides suggesting that Fox News is a whites-only network — this despite him having appeared on the network numerous times in the past — the 90s talk show host also made it sound like Carlson is a trust fund baby.
Two days earlier on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the Fox News host had simply asked for some clarification on the relationship between Williams and Harris so that he could better understand the vice president’s “rise to power.”
The topic interested him because of Harris’ unprecedented unpopularity. She’s the most unpopular VP in decades, which raises the question of how someone so disliked ever rose so high in politics. Carlson rightly noted that some of her rise was attributable to her notorious relationship with then-San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, 30 years her senior, back in the 1990s.
“We know her first meaningful job in politics was given to her by her boyfriend at the time, who’s married, Willie Brown, the most powerful Democrat in California. But we know that Willie Brown is not the only powerful person she dated,” he said.
Indeed, as previously reported, she also dated Williams.
‘Whoa!’ Kamala Harris’ red-carpet stroll on arm of Montel Williams throws Twitter for a loop https://t.co/lUQnnsdEb3
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) May 14, 2021
But, unlike her relationship with Brown, the nature of her relationship with Williams has remained hidden. Carlson would like to change that.
“What was that relationship like? What did Montel Williams think of it? So we would love to talk to Montel Williams about his torrid relationship with Kamala because that might be one of those blanks we’d like to fill in. He is always welcome on this show,” he said.
For reasons that remain unclear, this line of questioning seemingly offended the former tabloid talk show host.
He initially fired back with the tweets below in which he accused Fox News of being unprofessional, claimed Carlson had acted “nervously” the last time they’d been in a room together and slammed the Fox News host’s producer, Justin Wells.
Idk why @foxnews is incapable of approaching me in a professional way…
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) November 16, 2021
So, apparently @TuckerCarlson said something about me last night… Re-upping the below…
Last time he was with me in a room, he sat nervously looking around the room in silence…
Disappointed in you @justinbwells. Hope one day you see in yourself what I have always seen in you. https://t.co/ZgFAqjN1QT
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) November 16, 2021
Williams also linked to a previous thread from January, which was when the topic of his relationship with Harris had first come up publicly.
Speaking with Mediaite on Tuesday, the same day that the tweets above were posted, he doubled down on his criticisms of the Fox News host.
“It’s weird. He’s been oddly obsessed with me … for years,” he told Mediaite.
Asked whether he’d appear on Fox News to speak with Carlson in person, he then claimed he’s “not sure they allow people who look like me in either of the two very white enclaves he does the show from.”
That’d certainly come as a surprise to this guy:
And this guy:
He then started to speak about Carlson’s stepmother in an attempt to suggest that it was the Fox News host who’d risen to influence by questionable means.
“I got where I am without being an heir to a fish sticks fortune. I grew up in the wrong part of Baltimore and succeeded nonetheless. Would Tucker be where he is if his dad hadn’t married a fish sticks heiress?” he asked.
In 1979, Carlson’s divorced father married Patricia Caroline Swanson, an heiress to Swanson Enterprises, which is known for its TV dinners, including fish sticks.
Continuing his remarks, he also addressed what he’d tweeted about him and Carlson being in the same room together.
“Wasn’t awkward for me, clearly was for him,” he said.
Williams’ publicist, Jonathan Franks, echoed this sentiment.
“Carlson is a coward. Tucker saw him, froze and then frantically looked around the room,” he told Mediaite about the encounter, which he said occurred in a green room at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
“Keep in mind he had said all kinds of loony toons things about me prior to that, and he just didn’t seem to have the same pugnaciousness he projects on TV in real life,” Williams added.
This isn’t the first time the former tabloid talk show host has resorted to needless trash-talking. Two years ago, he called Italian conservative commentator Dan Bongino “the token black guy on Fox News.”
Montel Williams calls him ‘the token black guy on Fox News’ in ugly Twitter spat, so Dan Bongino buries him https://t.co/h9p1rCwcjE
— Howie Carr (@HowieCarrShow) March 5, 2019
As of Wednesday morning, Carlson hadn’t yet responded to Williams’ trash-talking, but knowing him, a response is forthcoming.
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