Tucker Carlson gave conservative commentator Candace Owens an opportunity to address her feud with Daily Wire co-founder Ben Shapiro.
“The internet was dominated yesterday by video of Ben Shapiro, who you work with at the Daily Wire, I think it’s fair to say attacking you, here’s the video I just wanna see your reaction,” Carlson said on “Tucker on X” episode 39 which was released Wednesday.,
He was referring to Shapiro’s sharp criticism of Owens over comments regarding the Israel-Hamas war which sparked a heated war of words that culminated in Shapiro telling Owens she could quit.
Carlson expressed that to “call somebody ‘absolutely disgraceful,’ particularly a co-worker, seems like a pretty big step.”
“What is that about?” he asked Owens.
Ep. 39 Candace Owens responds to Ben Shapiro.
(00:00) Candace is attacked – even when she’s right
(4:27) Ben Shapiro’s comments
(12:50) The emotional response to news out of Israel
(23:05) Nikki Haley vs. free speech
(30:34) 2024 predictions pic.twitter.com/VOThqpQQ48
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) November 15, 2023
“You know, there isn’t much of a background I saw the video when everybody else saw it when I woke up,” she replied.“I can’t respond to it beyond what he’s saying because it’s just ad-hominem attacks,” she said.
“I can’t respond to it on a level of intellect because there’s nothing that he has expressed—at least in that short clip—that he fundamentally disagrees with in terms of what I said,” Owens said. “But I will say that I’m not going to respond with ad hominem attacks. I don’t think it helps further the discussion.”
She told Carlson that if she “was caught on a video saying that about colleagues that I work with, I would be embarrassed,” adding that “the video speaks more to Ben’s character that it speaks to mine.”
She noted how the two have not seen eye-to-eye on many issues over the years but that things should not get to the level of hostility.
“I would hope that amongst colleagues, it would always be civil disagreements,” she said. “I would hope that it would remain respectful and that you wouldn’t throw your colleagues under the bus, so to speak.”
“We disagreed on the COVID vaccine. We disagree on Ukraine and Russia. He has taken virtually every stance has been the opposite of mine on every issue over the last five years,” she continued. “I am totally open to people having a difference in opinion. I would hope that amongst colleagues that it would always be civil disagreement, and I would never in a private event stand on a table and talk badly about Ben.”
She also clarified that has “a very good relationship with the co-CEOs” of the company where Shapiro is also the editor-in-chief. Owens expressed that she didn’t “want that video to become a reflection of how the Daily Wire works.”
“I love Michael Knowles, love Matt Walsh, Andrew Klavan we all get along really great,” Owens told Carlson.