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Tucker Not Out...Yet

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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STILL DANCIN' Carlson If Tucker Carlson has been fired, he doesn't know it yet. The error-prone insult bloggers over at Jossip reported today that the formerly bow-tied and currently open-collared conservative pundit with a struggling weeknight shoutfest on MSNBC has been shitcanned as of today (FTLive, meanwhile, reported that Carlson's husky-voiced colleague Rita Cosby is also being axed).

Eat the Press poured some cold water on the story by e-mailing MSNBC general manager Dan Abrams, who gave a not-entirely-confidence-inspiring reply: "We have made no decisions about any possible programming changes."

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Carlson, reached by just as he was reading the Jossip item, attempted to douse the thing: "It's bullshit. It's total bullshit. I talked to Abrams last night. I've got another year on my contract. That's my comment: Bullshit."

Carlson said there were no plans to change the show or his role at MSNBC, and hinted at a big get he has coming up.

The news, or non-news, depending on who's right, comes on the heels of yesterday's announcement of massive layoffs at NBC News. NBC plans to eliminate roughly 220 news positions, and MSNBC is expected to be hit hard.

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