If you watch a lot of primetime television, you may be familiar with political commentator Tucker Carlson. He’s hosted MSNBC's Tucker and co-hosted CNN's Crossfire. And since Bill O’Reilly’s disgraceful departure in 2017 from the network, he currently hosts Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News. Carlson has also participated in Dancing with the Stars.
Though his conservative political views are aired daily on television, what do we know about his personal life — specifically Tucker Carlson's family?
Who is Tucker Carlson’s wife, Susan Andrews? Here are 7 things to know about Andrews and her marriage to Carlson.
1. They've known each other since they were 15.
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Carlson has talked about Andrews in interviews, recalling the first time they saw one another during the first week of 10th grade.
“She was the cutest 10th grader in America,” he said. His wife also felt the same, remembering, “There was a bounce in his walk. He was in his khaki pants and ribbon belt and I thought, even then, he seemed so optimistic and positive.”
2. She was the headmaster’s daughter.
Susan’s father, Rev. George E. Andrews II, was headmaster of St. George’s School from 1984 to 1988. Carlson definitely had some chutzpah, because it’s not easy to deal with that kind of patriarchal pressure.
3. Tucker asked for Susan’s father’s permission to marry her.
Tucker attended Trinity College in Hartford, CT, but continued a long-distance relationship with Andrews. And six months before his college graduation, he worked up enough courage to ask for Andrew’s hand in marriage.
Of his decision, Carlson recalled, “All very 19th Century, but a good thing to do.”
4. They’ve been married for 28 years.
Though the couple married in 1991, they’ve been together over 30 years! Talk about a successful marriage.
5. They have four children.
The couple are parents to three daughters: Dorothy, Lillie, and Hopie and a son, Buckley. Andrews is a stay-at-home mom. Andrews also admits that Carlson would read to their children when they were toddlers.
6. Andrew’s father landed in hot water after not reporting a teacher accused of sexual assault.
When a choirmaster was accused of inappropriate sexual behavior with a student in the 1980s, the Diocese of Southeast Florida called for an independent investigation into Rev. Andrews in 2016. Though Andrews fired the choirmaster, he never reported it to authorities, but under Rhode Island’s laws, Rev. Andrews didn’t break the law.
Rev. Andrews’ lawyer, Michael J. Connolly, said Andrews wasn’t aware of the severity of the abuse, with over one dozen former students making accusations. “Does he regret what happened? Does he wish he had done more? Of course he does. He is sickened by what he read in that report,” Connolly said.
7. Andrews stood by Tucker when he was accused of rape.
In the early 2000s, a woman named Kimberly Carter falsely accused Tucker of raping her in a Kentucky pizzeria. Though the accusation could have easily ended Carlson’s career and marriage, Carter later apologized, admitting she had a mental disorder that made her think he had assaulted her.
8. In 2018, Andrews was home when protestors tried to break their family home.
In November 2018, a mob of protestors tried to break into Carlson's home in Washington D.C. Andrews had been the only one home at the time and had assumed that it was a home invasion, so she locked herself in the pantry and called 911.
In an interview, Carlson explained the incident, saying, “I called my wife. She had been in the kitchen alone getting ready to go to dinner and she heard pounding on the front door and screaming... Someone started throwing himself against the front door and actually cracked the front door.”
Carlson also gave further details about the incident itself: “It wasn’t a protest. It was a threat. They weren’t protesting anything specific that I had said. They weren’t asking me to change anything. They weren’t protesting a policy or advocating for legislation... They were threatening me and my family and telling me to leave my own neighborhood in the city that I grew up in.”
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