Update 8/22/17 9:40a.m.:
A Fox News spokesperson told TooFab that Tucker Carlson's remark was indeed a joke. Or as Carlson put it in a statement, "a test."
"It was a test to see if liberals are really as slow and humorless as people claim. Turns out they are," Carlson said.
"In a move that is not a complete surprise, [Trump] looked at the sun without any glasses," Carlson said Monday. "Perhaps the most impressive thing any president has ever done."
Carlson's straight-faced delivery made it hard to tell if the line was meant to be a joke, but given his history of being one of Trump's most staunch supporters in the media, people went wild.
The line particularly resonated with Twitter users because hours before Carlson's show aired, humor writer Jason O. Gilbert posted a parody "preview" of the conservative TV personality's monologue.
Preview of tonight’s Tucker Carlson pic.twitter.com/DawbInUrWl— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) August 21, 2017
Take a look at some of the best reactions to parody becoming reality -- or perhaps just another one of Carlson's bad jokes landing with a thud.
This is not satire. This is not satire. This is not satire. https://t.co/0RUAKEhscb— Brooke Binkowski (@brooklynmarie) August 22, 2017
Tucker is the Onion in human form. https://t.co/xMQiu2Re1f— Touré (@Toure) August 22, 2017
Parody became reality tonight. Thanks, Tucker. pic.twitter.com/GSRc7Vdk2N— Jim Swift (@JSwiftTWS) August 22, 2017
Is this for real? Damnn, Fox News going low budget Comedy Central.— Peace✌❤ (@DVOS580) August 22, 2017
The 'most impressive thing any president has ever done' is what I was trying to keep my 6yo from doing. https://t.co/KuhmWeYQlU— Jason Torchinsky (@JasonTorchinsky) August 22, 2017
It's comments like this that make me think Tucker Carlson might actually be a character comic, deftly satirising Fox with his absurdism. pic.twitter.com/akw5Lt5a1W— Tim Cooper (@tscooper11) August 22, 2017
99% sure Tucker Carlson trolled some large segment of his enemies— Thomas (@Sabinowitz) August 22, 2017
Parody meets reality on Tucker Carlson— Nathan McDermott (@natemcdermott) August 22, 2017
"He looked at the sun without any glasses. Perhaps the most impressive thing any president has done." pic.twitter.com/Ukl3ckdvVq
oh Tucker Carlson is terrible alright, but i think he was—as you say—taking the piss— Jay Fanelli 🇺🇸 (@fanelli) August 22, 2017
Even more impressive, Tucker says it with a straight face. https://t.co/wEY9ogCksl— Robert Swartwood (@RobertSwartwood) August 22, 2017
great burn, Tucker https://t.co/zvlGuQ6hDU— HOT CORN Li'l 🌳🌽 (@karengeier) August 22, 2017
I think we may have been overestimating Tucker's intelligence.— Norm Wilner (@normwilner) August 22, 2017
Yes, even so. https://t.co/oVSLFqAeuC
How is Tucker Carlson a real person? https://t.co/FomGo9CTKA— Gabrielle Levy (@gabbilevy) August 22, 2017