Beck bids Fox farewell
July 1st, 2011
02:19 PM ET
11 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. Blackman in America

    America's #2 LOOSER.................S.P. is #1..........both crazie as jackels and RACIST as the days are long.

    July 1, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Newmoon

    The next one to enter the Presidential race...

    July 1, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. SecedingfromTexas

    @Get A Grip:: CNN prefers intelligent, thoughtful people who can debate without name-calling and pig-wrestling.
    Their viewers could take down anybody at Faux and certainly Beck in 2 minutes flat without breaking a sweat.
    And most of these bloggers could do it in 60 seconds (that's one minute, in case you are counting your
    fingers abd toes).

    July 1, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Greg in Arkansas

    Movement....don't forget the paper work, flush & air-freshener.....

    July 1, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. w l jones

    Our businessmen need new market and our president working hard open up new avenue for them and some media personel durning everything they can make the president look bad in eyes of the world, These businessmen got there heart in we the people of America and lot take it to heart. Bless.

    July 1, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. ART

    Mac take your meds asap

    July 1, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    all you really need to do is just read some of the posts here and see who likes Beck and who doesn't. The same folks that post here that support Sarah Palin and bash President Obama also support Glenn Beck. Take that as you wish.

    July 1, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. ABM

    good riddance

    July 1, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. The Greedy Old Pigs are crazy cultists!

    "Ah yes, liberalism at it's best. Zero tolerance for idiocy" There DTASF, fixed it for you.

    By the way, what you refer to as Beck's "ideology" is actually fact-free idiocy. If you look closely, Glenn acts very much like a cult leader.

    July 1, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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