Beck bids Fox farewell
July 1st, 2011
02:19 PM ET
7 years ago

Beck bids Fox farewell

(CNN) Glenn Beck's farewell show Thursday had the usual elements of long monologues and chalkboards, aside from one usual theme- the host did not shed a tear.

The conservative pundit capitalized on the popularity of his nightly Fox News program and foreshadowed big plans for the future, telling viewers, "This show has become a movement. It's not a TV show. And that's why it doesn't belong on television anymore. It belongs in your home. It belongs in your neighborhoods. Not really television."

Beck, who joined Fox News Channel in 2008, after a two-year stint hosting a talk show on CNN-family network HLN, shooed away speculation about his show ending because of declining ratings.

"I'm the only host who is simultaneously the most dangerous person in America because of my influence and the least influential person in America because my ratings are supposedly declining, which I don't know how that works, either. That was not true, either," Beck said. "This program broke every single record in the 5:00 p.m. time slot, every single record. It is the highest rated show in the history of cable news at this hour."

With the same message that attracts Beck's fans and repels his critics, Beck told viewers, "I want to leave you with a couple of messages here tonight. One of them is never, ever give up. Never ever listen to the experts. They're usually wrong."

Beck addressed his contentious relationship with Comedy Central's Jon Stewart, comparing Stewart's six-minute opening monologues penned by "as many as 40 writers," to his 21-minute speeches written with the help of a small band of two- who were brought onstage for a round of applause.

The war of words between the two popular pundits seemed to hit its zenith when Stewart satirically modeled his Rally to Restore Sanity last October after Beck's Restoring Honor gathering last August.

Beck showed a photograph of Stewart at the Emmy Awards with his staff. "This is him at the, I don't know, Grammys or Emmys or whatever they give for television. I don't know because I'll never win one," Beck said.

But the world hasn't seen the end of Beck. Minutes after bidding farewell to his Fox News program, Beck reconnected with viewers in a 52-minute free broadcast on his latest web television venture, GBTV.

Showcasing a similar format of dusty chalkboards and heated monologues, Beck addressed the challenge he will be taking on, "It is a typical American experiment. One that hasn't been tried before. And the first is, can the messages of our founders survive on their own without the traditional trappings of mass media?"

The new medium for a daily dose of Beck will premiere as a two-hour web show starting in September.

During the live-stream broadcast, Beck admitted that his comment about President Barack Obama having a "deep-seated hatred for white people," was his biggest mistake on Fox News.

The conservative commentator's ambitious summer vacation plans?

"I'm going to Israel in search of courage," Beck said.

Filed under: Fox News • Glenn Beck
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Bible Clown

    How traditional does this clown think media is? And can his website be classified as an 'attack site' or 'malware?'

    July 1, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. Jake

    this is not true! he actually said all this!?!? as they collectively make fun of Obama supporters for thinking he's a great leader, and this guy has created a movement, and should be in people's homes!?

    some of this had to be an inside joke to Beck and his writers!? disbelief....

    July 1, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Richard T.

    Was, Is and Always will be an Foolish Idiot. Just like Palin, anything for the $$$$$$$s

    July 1, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Obama/Biden 2012 - Four more years of record unemployment, $1.7 TRILLION yearly deficits, crushing debt, Obamacare, golf, vacations, speeches and class warfare

    Glenn Beck is the greatest. Beginning and end of story.

    July 1, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Carlos

    "This show has become a movement."

    Mr. Beck is most of the biggest, most steaming movements in the media... he needs scooped, bagged, and tossed in the trash.

    July 1, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Hank

    Goodbye, Sir Glenn. Good riddance to a man who ventured to CNN with spiked hair and then moved to Fox "News" as a pseudo professor. Rush L. competition, hopefully away from decent people. Never met a person who watched Sir Glenn who wasn't a total mor0n.

    July 1, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Moderate Sean

    Hey Beck, meet Joke! A movement, now that is funny....

    July 1, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Jilli

    Good riddance Mr. Beck.

    July 1, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. America First

    So long you kook.

    July 1, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. sonny chapman

    Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew5,9.

    July 1, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. ted

    geez, take Palin, Bachman, Pawlenty, Paul, Romney, and all the jagoffs from Faux News and of course the TeaPottiers and Boner, McClownell and Cantor with you.

    Buh Bye jerk

    July 1, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. armyvet66

    GOOD RADDANCE! Go home Hitler lover!

    July 1, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Chris

    Glenn... Jon Stewart has quite clearly made you his b!tch time and time again... I can see why you'd want to get a little parting shot in there. Run along now, sport.

    July 1, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. Independent In Albany NOT conservative, it is the new fascism

    July 1, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Julia

    He's dangerous because he advocates violence against the president.

    July 1, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. Julia

    He is also a raving lunatic, nuttier than a peach orchard boar. Glad he's gone, (to hell, hell, hell.)

    July 1, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. The Greedy Old Pigs are crazy liars who hate average Americans

    Glenn Beck may or may not be mentally ill or the victim of years of drug abuse (that perhaps even continues to this day). He may or may not be a psychopath. Yet what we do know is that he was one of the most vile, untruthful, hateful, ignorant and biased fools to take to the airways since Father Coughlin.

    Rush Lishpy, of course, remains the unofficial leader of the Greedy Old Pigs and his meltdown should be coming shortly, His ratings are already starting to tank as more and more Americans wake up to the fact that the Right Wing Noise Machine is all just a giant blustering distraction of fear, hate, lies and ignorance the GOBPbaggers use to prop up their failed crazy cult of deregulation and tax cuts for the filthy rich.

    July 1, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Irma in North Carolina

    Its about time that this racits leaves the air people ae getting tied of this.

    July 1, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. Al-NY,NY

    Hey Glen...stay in Israel. Give the US a break and go away for good you hypocritical know-nothing

    July 1, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. one voice

    This guy is A NUT JOB. Anyone that follows Him and believes every word seriously needs Their HEAD EXAMINED. He was paid 30 million dollars a year to spread right-wing propaganda(LIES). Only in America can the likes of Beck and Rush boondoggle 40% of the population. WAAAAAAAAAAAKE UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUP FOOOOOOOOOOOOOLS.

    July 1, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    "Good Night, America."
    Took long enough.

    July 1, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. Bessy

    This is NO LOSS to the American public. It should have happened a long, long time ago.

    July 1, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. FM

    Sometimes we human beings waste time for nothing and we realise it when it is too late. Beck' s lectures to my judgement was good for nothing. Those who watched Beck so often or every day rather, they could have utilised their time for doing something else which is beneficial to them. Myself I can not remember what I benefitted. Once in a while I watched Beck using his chalkboard and I can now admit , it was totally wastage of time!

    July 1, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. vic , nashville ,tn

    Glenn Beck is conservative pundit oh NO

    After 2008 Beck became history teacher the way he spin history against Obama was successful in far right that is true

    Like Palin Beck has zero knowledge of conservatism

    July 1, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Thanks to organizations like ColorOf Change and Move there is one less pus-filled racist ignoramus on Fox.

    Meanwhile, I got shut out of the Obama fundrasing story...
    XWng Lady: Way to tell them! I'm trying to lay back and not get all worked up this early in the game.
    Two things: The President WILL have his second term in office, and the noose will continue to tighten around the RetugliKKKlan's neck. They have put themselves and their motives so far out there that it will be impossible even for them to pedal it back.
    We're "grassrooting" steadily and with a clear purpose for this President, have no doubt. I do believe that you will be seeing and hearing more of his "Presidential shout-outs" to the Rethugs. He's given them all the rope they need to hang themselves, now he's going to start tugging.
    Obama 2012

    July 1, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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