Skip to comments.In farewell announcement, Beck admits dislike of conflict, says Fox gig not meant to be permanent
Posted on 04/07/2011 2:00:40 AM PDT by Scanian
Earlier on Wednesday, Glenn Becks website TheBlaze.com broke the news that Beck show would be eventually phased out of the Fox News Channels 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 didnt take them up on it. I turned them down. One reason I didnt 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 nobodys business. Thats why Im forced, but also I dont like it. I dont like conflict, but sometimes you have to stand.
Becks 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. Im surprised at both the number that have and havent, even with all of the facts. When I took this job, I didnt take it because it would be a career for me. Paul Revere did not get up on the horse and say, Im going to do this for the rest of my life. He didnt 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 tonights show, I believe you know that I believe were 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. Ive been very clear with you. I played my cards face up. We will find each other. Im developing other content for Fox theres specials and other things, on television and beyond. I will continue to tell the story and Im going to be showing other ways for us to connect, but I have other things to do.
The most under-reported content of this whole story.
I seem to recall Alan Colmes saying the same stuff a couple years ago when he was removed from Hannity’s show.
Both of them were hurting ratings so they are gone or going.
And I’m sure major annoyances to Roger Ailes.
I seen references to lower ratings, but my first question has to be: What does Fox have that will pull in better ratings, especially in that time slot?
Here come da Judge.
And there go your ratings ...
He has always been a radio guy. That’s where his real passion is. The TV shows were ways to get the message out further. He has done well, but it is time to get back to his roots.
His show is the 3rd ranked show in all cable news. He beats prime time on the other channels in a Time slot where people even on the east coast are not home from work. Don’t let the facts get in the way.
He has dropped nearly 33% from his previous high.
Plus the thing has become t-e-d-i-o-u-s.
If you like it you like it but quite a few viewers no longer do, judging from the ratings decline.
Beck was at his best doing exposés of ACORN and showing the NPR tapes.
The paranoid connecting of varied problems, dangers, and threats around the world just gets grotesque after a while.
I stopped watching because I heard the name “Van Jones” repeated once too often. Nobody else on the right gives two poots about Van Jones but Beck acts like the WH Regime is run by him.
To each his own. That’s what it comes down to.
AND the dancing in the streets by his enemies will be short lived.Once they realize it never really was about Beck—Glenn was just a messenger who dares tell a Truth they are very much afraid of allowing anybody hear. They could not discredit the truth Glenn Beck tells -so like good little Nazi they attacked the messenger.
He's just doing the Alinsky thing: Freeze a target, personalize it, demonize it.
I would wager that Judge Nappy would get the 5:00 ratings up where they were a year ago if given the chance.
If they want to mix in some John Stossel hours that would be fine with me too.
Beck has become a parody of himself. He needs to be off the air now so that when the apocalyptic end does not come he doesn’t need to explain himself.
I have developed a love/hate relationship with the Beck show. I love the information and hate the preaching. I’ve found that for the information; if I tune in once a week; I’ve missed nothing. As soon as he starts preaching I’m out of there. Some days are more preachy than others, I often pick the wrong day to watch.
People are over-playing the ratings thing. His ratings are down from last year but last year was a very important and intense election year. Everyone’s cable ratings are down from last year for the same reason.
I don’t watch him every day, maybe once or twice a week, but he still has double or triple the audience his competitors do at that time slot.
He’s a lot better on the TV than he is on the radio. His radio program is horrible. The producing is horrendous and the whole “get down on your knees and buy gold now!” routine is very tiresome. What he says and predicts very well may happen at some point. But nobody takes him serious because he and his cohorts sound like a bunch of junior high kids. Hell, I can never tell just who is speaking half the time because they all sound alike and all have the same very childish sense of humor.
I agree with him on the vast majority of issues. But it is one crappy radio program.
Very, very unsuccessfully. Possibly even dishonorably.