Where Is Tucker Carlson? List of Guest Hosts While Fox News Host is On Vacation

While Tucker Carlson is on vacation, three Fox News "favorites," as Carlson characterized them, will take over responsibility for hosting his nightly news show, Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Carlson drew criticism Tuesday for claiming that white supremacy was a "hoax" and "conspiracy theory" being used to divide the country. The next day, he announced he was taking a vacation that was planned before the controversial comments were made.

"I am taking several days off, headed to the wilderness to fish with my son, catch some brook trout," Carlson told Tucker Carlson Tonight viewers. "Politics is important—fishing with your son, sometimes more important. So I'm doing it."

On Thursday, viewers who tuned in to Fox News at 8pm found Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade stepping in to cover Carlson. Kilmeade joined Fox News in 1997 and has filled in on other shows, including The Five. He also hosts Fox News Radio's Brian Kilmeade Show.

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On Wednesday, Tucker Carlson announced he would be taking a planned vacation. Fox News host Brian Kilmeade and two other "favorites" will take over hosting duties while he is away. Drew Angerer/Getty

While Carlson is on vacation, Mark Steyn and Tammy Bruce will also get some time in the spotlight: Steyn, the best-selling author of America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It, has appeared on Carlson's show numerous times and was a guest on Thursday's episode when Kilmeade was guest-hosting.

Bruce, a regular Fox News contributor, warmed up for covering Carlson on Friday by guest-hosting Laura Ingraham's show on Thursday.

Earlier this week Carlson defended himself against criticism of his "hoax" comments, suggesting that everyone needed to "calm down." He maintained America was not a "white supremacist country plotting the slaughter of its own people."

"It's a kind country full of decent people of all races who, like all people everywhere, make bad decisions from time to time," Carlson said. "But they mean well and they generally try their best."

Before joining Fox News as a weekend anchor for Fox & Friends Weekend, Carlson hosted Tucker on MSNBC from 2005 until 2008. He also appeared on CNN's Crossfire from 2001 until the show was canceled in 2005.

Tucker Carlson Tonight took over the 8pm time slot on Fox News after The O'Reilly Factor was canceled in 2017.

In a statement, Fox News told CNN that Carlson's break had been in the works long before he became the target of controversy and confirmed he will be back on August 19.