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A day after a farewell email he sent to his soon-to-be-former colleagues at Fox News went viral, departing strategic analyst Ralph Peters said he has no interest in a prolonged battle with the network. While he declined to re-up his deal, Peters is still under contract with Fox News until next week, and said he plans to honor that agreement.
Peters, in an email interview with The Hollywood Reporter, said he’s turned down numerous requests to appear on television to discuss his email because of that contract and because, he said, “I have no interest in extended Fox-bashing. Everyone knows how I feel, thanks to that leak. Time to get back to reality — and not reality TV.”
In the email, which was leaked to and published by BuzzFeed, Peters said he was “ashamed” of his work history at Fox News, a network he wrote “has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration.”
Peters said he did not leak the email, which, he said, was not part of “some scheme.” He clarified that he had no intention of going “nuclear” on Fox News, despite reports to the contrary on Tuesday. (Fox News, in response to the email, said in part that “Ralph Peters is entitled to his opinion despite the fact that he’s choosing to use it as a weapon in order to gain attention.”)
“I’m not a schemer,” the retired United States Army lieutenant colonel told THR. “I might punch somebody in the face, but I don’t stab anybody in the back.” (Anthony Scaramucci, the one-time White House communications director, has also self-described as a “front-stabber.”)
Peters, who thanked and credited the bookers, producers and “hard-news reporters” at Fox News in his missive, said he’s had a “positive response from Fox colleagues” to his email on Tuesday.
As for his next stop, Peters said he hasn’t had discussions with other television networks about signing on as a contributor following his departure from Fox News.
While many longtime critics of Fox News, including journalists at other networks, celebrated Peters for his brutally honest email, others pointed to his history of making incendiary remarks on television about politicians like former President Barack Obama. A CNN source said the network would not consider hiring him, while an MSNBC spokesman has not yet responded to a request for comment.
“If ever I do engage on any network again, it will be on serious geopolitical issues,” Peters said.
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