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In farewell announcement, Beck admits dislike of conflict, says Fox gig not meant to be permanent

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Jeff Poor
Media Reporter

Earlier on Wednesday, Glenn Beck’s website TheBlaze.com broke the news that Beck show would be eventually phased out of the Fox News Channel’s lineup.

On his Wednesday afternoon show, Beck explained to viewers the reason behind his departure and admitted some other things about the content of his character.

“I want to take a couple of minutes and address something personal between you and me,” Beck said. “This is something that, something that I have been thinking about for a very long time. When Fox was generous enough to offer me the time at 5:00, I originally didn’t take them up on it. I turned them down. One reason – I didn’t want to do this. I hated doing it at the other place. This place is sweet in comparison. But I also knew — believe it or not, anybody who knows me in my real life, as the wee little Erin will tell you, too – I avoid on confrontation like nobody’s business. That’s why I’m forced, but also I don’t like it. I don’t like conflict, but sometimes you have to stand.”

Beck’s ratings had come off their highs from 2009 and the Fox News host had come under fire from the likes of lefty outlet, particularly Media Matters. However, Beck explained the Fox News show was never meant to be permanent.

“I took the job two years ago because I thought I had something important to share,” he continued. “I really thought if i could prove my case that something wicked this way was coming, something in America was wrong, America would listen. And they have. I’m surprised at both the number that have and haven’t, even with all of the facts. When I took this job, I didn’t take it because it would be a career for me. Paul Revere did not get up on the horse and say, ‘I’m going to do this for the rest of my life.’ He didn’t do it. He got off the horse at some point and fought in the Revolution. And then he went back to silversmith-ing.”

He went on to explain he would still be appearing on Fox News.

“If you have watched this program, if you really, I ask you at times hear me,” he continued. “You know what I believe is coming. If you watch tonight’s show, I believe you know that I believe we’re heading into deep and treacherous waters. It bothers me to be entering this phase and feel as though you might say, ‘Wait, wait, wait, wait.’ I’ve been very clear with you. I played my cards face up. We will find each other. I’m developing other content for Fox – there’s specials and other things, on television and beyond. I will continue to tell the story and I’m going to be showing other ways for us to connect, but I have other things to do.”

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He encouraged his audience to continue on with the message he has been offering since coming on-air on Fox News in early 2009.

“Not because it’s good or bad for business, but I think you out of all the people will truly get this,” Beck said. Our only business is business of freedom and country at this time. It’s why I told you about E4 at the beginning of the year, ‘Prepare to be a leader, educate yourself, be the mouthpiece. Never rely on anyone else to spoon-feed you.’ Now today, you have to carry more weight. You must know what you believe and be prepared to explain it to others. Fox is one of the only places you find truth. Spread the word. Stick together. And together we will do the right thing for our country, and for our world.”

  • Spring

    Beck was fired, end of story

  • moira1987

    I believe Beck is tired of FOX, not the other way around. And the idea that David Brock or Van Jones or their puppetmaster Soros had anything impact is beyond ludicrous. Obviously his 5:00 show on FOX is just one of his many projects. He doesn’t need FNC to get an audience. And if he’s getting grief from anybody it would be from goofballs like closeted Lefty Shep Smith or the massive ego of Obama’s pal and interview buddy, Bill O’Reilly.

  • GlenStanish

    The Daily Rash claims that the Bill O’Reilly/Glenn Beck tours had lots of problems with groupies. Maybe Glenn is just tired! http://www.thedailyrash.com/?p=2188

  • ManFromNowhere

    To anyone who thinks that Glenn is going away: Hahahahahahahahaha. Glenn is just retooling and he will return even stronger later this year or early next year and when he does the Soros funded propaganda sites like MediaMatters are done. Truth will out.

  • nj0855@yahoo.com

    I think Glenn will be better off. Fox has gotten weird

  • Rocketman

    Glenn Beck, Inc. will be off the air so he can support Huntsman for POTUS.
    (chuckle)
    Wait for it.

    I wonder where Glenn Beck, Inc. will move to and build his bomb shelter?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOKCG1JFO9U

    Just TRY to get in if the BIG Balloon goes up.
    You’ll see just how UNcharitable he can be.

    Bring back John Gibson!

    ~(Ä)~

  • janeo

    xcept4alltheothers
    So who are you? That you know Beck this much to even tell us what he’s thinking as if you live in his head.

  • El Presidente

    Glenn Beck is a total fraud!

    He has found his niche of nutjob idiots and he does his unstable best to be their evangelist.

    Fox News just improved itself greatly.

    • janeo

      You know what I think? He’s begining to get his sanity back. Best thing to do is leave the circle of insane people. Bill “O is next. You watch.

  • xcept4alltheothers

    Beck has been planning a change for quite some time. His health has to be a big concern as he has encountered serious problems, causing him to be put on his “stick diet.” He sold much of his furniture and a lot of personal items before 8/28/10 and put his house on the market before that. On his radio show, he has talked for some time about getting out of New York, finding a place to call home (Texas in the running). In January, he teased his audience about his new plans using a trusted advisor’s response to Beck’s big idea: “Only one person has ever done that!” Although Beck is prone to hyperbole, the tease suggests that something quite different is on the horizon. His Paul Revere metaphor that one has to eventually get off the horse and join the revolution suggests that he will become involved in politics somehow, but I don’t think it will be a typical political run, in part because God’s will has become paramount in his life. The Ohio gig, which he clearly loved and felt called to, I think, is the key to what he is going to do next.

    • nj0855@yahoo.com

      You are so right. You hit the nail on the head. Way to go!

    • dotherightthing

      I agree with you totally. If you are a steady observer of Beck, he has signaled this for quite a while. His mind is never idle. It is constantly busy thinking of ways to make a difference. Maybe he will really expose Obama more than he already has..I mean REALLY expose him. Maybe he can find all those missing records!

  • FREEDOMFIGHTER

    GLENN BECK OUTSHINES HIS SO CALLED COMPETITION 100 TO 1. HIS SO CALLED FRIEND O’REILLY HAS BECOME SO DILUTED AND WATERED DOWN IT MAKES ME SICK. WHEN YOU TALK OUT OF BOTH SIDES OF YOUR MOUTH YOU GET O’REILLY’S POINT OF VIEW. TAKE A STAND O’REILLY. I EXPECT GLENN’S STAR TO SHINE BIGGER AND BRIGHTER IN THE FUTURE. IN TIMES OF DISTRESS AND TROUBLE GOD RAISES UP HERO’S AND PROPHETS TO WARN HIS PEOPLE AND BRING THEM TOGETHER TO FIGHT AGAINST EVIL ADVISORIES AND THOSE THAT WOULD DESTROY FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY. “WE THE PEOPLE” WITH GODS HELP AND GUIDANCE WILL DEFEAT THE EVIL FAR LEFT PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST MACHINE.

    • russ311

      I have watched Glenn Beck only a handful of times. Not because I disagree with him, but simply because with me he is preaching to the choir. But, he has been great at highlighting to the point even the MSM had to do some coverage of the serious threat that has long been slowly infiltrating American politics and society which the election of Obama has made more dangerous and accelerated. And that is the resurgent communist/socialist/leftist movement in America that stems from and has up til recently remained subdued and propagandized it’s ideology only in the realm of academia and in very far-left fringe media. Since Obama took office, the leftists that also have always permeated traditional private industry unions, are now making known the power and control of the public unions they have taken over. That Beck’s persistent exposure of the communists and socialists like Van Jones, Anita Dunne and Sustein and others less notable that Obama has heavily infused into the central government is even more threatening than Beck has highlighted in that with them came numerous others that they have put into place or influenced the hiring and employment of many more ideological leftists into the federal government; i.e. an unknown number of the 200,000+ federal employees that have been hired since Obama took office. A looming government shutdown should be maneuvered for a permanent furlough of the last hired first fired for budget cutting reasons. A side benefit of such a budget measure would be the elimination of the unknown numbers of leftist apparatchiks that have recently entered Obama’s centralized government.

      I agree completely with you about O’Reilly. He has always been as disgusting to watch as was Dan Rather, for instance, because of their extreme arrogance and natural abrasive personalities. However, unlike Rather who I could never watch for more than two minutes without having to just change channels, I can watch The O’Reilly Factor, sometimes even twice a night, not because of him, but because of the subjects he chooses to cover and of the quality of guests he airs; with a few leftist exceptions here and there that are as hard to listen to as is O’Reilly. It seems to me that since Obama’s election and the rivalry with Olbermann went ballistic, to present himself as the more reasonable and fair reporter, O’Reilly has so firmly sat himself on the fence that he now can longer move because of the picket that is now even deeper up his arse.