Maren Morris Makes Another Dig at Tucker Carlson's Fox News Exit

Maren Morris referenced Tucker Carlson's unemployment status in her recent speech.

While accepting the Excellence in Media Award at the 2023 GLAAD Media Awards, the 33-year-old country singer poked fun at the former Fox News host, who parted ways with the network back in April.

The feud between the two started in Sept. 2022 after the controversial media personality called Morris both a "lunatic" and a "fake country music singer" on air with Brittany Aldean–country singer Jason Aldean's wife–following controversial comments Brittany made regarding transgender rights. But now, Maren admits the way she handled the situation made her feel like a "badass."

“Fine, maybe I felt a little badass taking Tucker Carlson’s calling me a lunatic for standing up to transphobia, turning it into a T-shirt and raising $150,000 for LGBTQ+ charities, yeah,” Morris said in her acceptance speech, adding, “That made me feel a little cool, but I don’t want to gloat. I would never insult the recently unemployed.”

She continued: "Coming from Arlington, Texas, to Nashville, Tennessee, 10 years ago, my only end goal at the time … was to make my songwriting dreams come true. I had no clue it would eventually lead me to such beautiful, inclusive heights like this one tonight."

"I have also heard countless times over the years that I'm one of the brave voices in country music. But that is not true. I'm not brave, stubborn to the point of delusional, yes, but not brave," Morris later clarified. "Making the right decision shouldn't take bravery or courage. It shouldn't take heroic efforts to want basic equal rights for everybody. I'm a straight, white woman, I'm fine, but leaving your house knowing you could face violence just for being who you are, risking your life just by walking down the street that is bravery," she noted.

"I want my fellow country music artists, and artists in general, to understand that inclusivity is not only the right thing, but it's good for business. You open yourself up, [and] your sound, to a much larger audience, even if you lose some along the way. The crowds at my shows are a sea of diversity from race, identity, to age — it is a loving safe space for my band, my crew, venue staff, and most notably, my fans," she continued. "This community stood up for me and made me feel safe when I felt alone, and I will never be able to repay you, but I hope I get to spend the rest of my life and career settling up."

This isn't the first time the country singer called out Carlson. Following the news of the journalist's departure, she took to her Instagram Story to celebrate his exit from the network.

"Happy Monday, MotherTucker," she shared via her Instagram Story on Mon., April 24, alongside a screenshot of the former broadcaster's late-night talk show that featured a photo of herself labeled as a "lunatic country music person."