An exclusive interview with Kyle Rittenhouse, acquitted last week in a murder trial that gripped and divided the nation, is set to air Monday evening during the 8 p.m. broadcast of Tucker Carlson Tonight, in what will be the young man’s first extended remarks since the trial’s end.
A brief clip taken from the interview debuted on host Tucker Carlson’s Friday night show, and in it, Rittenhouse expressed relief that he has “made it through the hard part,” as the New York Post reported, and declared that “the jury reached the correct verdict” in that “self defense is not illegal.”
The now-18-year-old former defendant stated, “I believe they came to the correct verdict and I’m glad that everything went well,” adding, “it’s been a rough journey but we made it through it.”
Carlson’s massive “get” in landing extensive access to Rittenhouse did not end with the interview set to air Monday, as the young man will also appear in a Tucker Carlson Originals documentary offering for Fox Nation that is slated to debut in December, as Fox News noted.
That program will include extra footage from this Monday’s interview, and it will also feature in-depth commentary and insights from Rittenhouse as well as members of his legal defense team, according to a teaser that has already aired. WATCH:
December. Tucker Carlson Originals. Fox Nation. pic.twitter.com/Pf8xOInARn
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) November 20, 2021
Though it seems certain that both the interview and the December documentary will attract substantial viewership, given the high-profile nature of the case and the racially-fraught debates it has engendered, at least one member of Rittenhouse’s defense team was apparently opposed to their production.
As The Hill reported, defense attorney Mark Richards told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that he did not want Carlson’s crew to receive the type of access that it did, revealing that the threw them “out of the room several times” during filming, adding:
I don’t think a film crew is appropriate for something like this but the people raising the money to pay for the experts and to pay for the attorneys were trying to raise money, and that was part of it.
Considering the shameful manner in which mainstream media outlets blatantly misrepresented the facts of Rittenhouse’s case to further their own agenda and did so to such a degree that crowdfunding platforms such as GoFundMe blocked the defendant from securing financial donations to help finance his legal defense, Richards’ criticism rings rather hollow.