Fox News Media and controversial host Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways, the media company has said.

The network said the presenter’s last programme was on Friday.

The announcement comes less than a week after parent company Fox Corp agreed to pay $787.5m (£632m) to Dominion Voting Systems to avert a defamation trial.

The trial would have put one of the world’s top media companies in the crosshairs over its coverage of false vote-rigging claims in the 2020 US election.

Carlson had been expected to testify in the Dominion trial.

The voting systems company had alleged that statements made on Carlson’s show after the 2020 election were defamatory.

The Denver-based company added that messages between Carlson and his team were proof that they knew the falsehood of claims that their ballot-counting machines were used to manipulate the election in favour of Joe Biden..

Following Carlson’s departure, Fox News Media has said that “Fox News Tonight” will air live at 8pm EST (1am Tuesday UK time) starting this evening as an interim show helmed by rotating Fox News personalities until a new host is named.