The first episode of American broadcaster Tucker Carlson's show garnered 83 million views on Twitter in his first appearance after he was fired from Fox News in April.

Carlson, a supporter of former US President Donald Trump, who for years presented episodes on "conspiracy theories" – first appeared on the social media platform on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, and was essentially an opinion-based dialogue without any guests, and without any evidence to support his many claims.

The show was called "Carlson on Twitter" and the duration of the episode did not exceed 10 minutes, during which he presented several issues.

"As of today, we came to Twitter which we hope will be shortwave radio under blankets. We were told there were no guards here. If that turns out to be wrong, we're leaving. We'll be back with more very soon."

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— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) June 6, 2023

The former Fox News anchor supported Russia in its war against Ukraine, insulted Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, and cited conspiracy theories about September 11, 2001.

But notably, Elon Musk, the current owner of Twitter, retweeted the video, saying, "It would be great to have presentations from across the political spectrum on this platform."

Carlson's Twitter followers have risen from 4.8 million when he was a Fox News anchor weeks ago to 8 million today.

Carlson's previous crises

Carlson cost Fox News $787.5 million, the settlement signed by the network in a defamation lawsuit against Dominion Voting Systems over allegations presented by Carlson's show about fraud in the 2020 election.

Over recent years, Carlson has made headlines with controversial comments on air about immigrants, women and blacks.

After a mass shooting of Hispanic immigrants in El Paso, Texas, in 2019, Carlson spoke of "the Hispanic invasion of Texas."

In December 2018, Carlson sparked outrage when he said migrants would make the country "poorer and dirtier". He never apologized, instead accusing the backlash of being an attack on freedom of expression.

More recently, Carlson sparked outrage after he defended the killing of 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the summer of 2020.