The network did not provide any details or provide a reason for the emergency, although Vice reports that Carlson slept poorly on Tuesday night due to pain he was experiencing following an unnamed incident on Monday. Carlson, who hosts the top-rated Tucker Carlson Tonight, stated in the recording that the experience helped him better comprehend the country's opiate issue.
“That was one of the most intense experiences of my life,” Carlson said. “They hit me up, they told me this morning, with such a huge dose of Dilaudid, which is more powerful than morphine, when I got there, that I had trouble breathing. Scared the s*** out of me. Didn’t have any effect at all. And then all night, I lay there, the nurse finally upped my dosage of Dilaudid to the point where every eight minutes I hit it and it was like getting shot. Just like, bam, feel it hit me, and it didn’t touch the pain.”
Carlson said he took the narcotic propofol, which knocked him out, while conversing with his production crew. He reported the ache was gone when he awoke. Carlson also stated that he will never take opioids again.
Carlson said the event sapped his willpower and motivated him to do anything.
“I just thought that was the most interesting f***ing thing that had ever happened to me. It wasn’t even that I survived it. It wasn’t even about me — it was about what it does to people," Carlson said on the recording. "It explains so much of what we see around us. Just the lack of dignity. And that weird drive you have to be like, ‘That’s not in the right order. It should be this way.' You know? It inculcates this not caring.”
Despite his emergency, Carlson continued to host his shows on Wednesday. Jesse Watters held his show as a guest on Thursday.