Why Glenn Beck is 'Transitioning Off' Fox Show

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BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy GLENN BECK: “I am...
BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy GLENN BECK: “I am leaving the program but I'm not leaving Fox.” He’s hated by the left -- loved by the far right. Glenn Beck - the Fox News host best known for his on-air conspiracy theories -- is “transitioning off” his controversial show. GLENN BECK: “I don’t like conflict but sometimes you have to stand. I took the job because I thought I had something to share. I really thought that if I could prove my case that something wicked was coming, America would listen, and they have.” Neither Fox nor Beck provided much in the way of specifics -- leaving unanswered lots of really, REALLY pressing questions. “Why is he really leaving? Are the rumors true that other Fox talent was embarrassed by the antics? Was he really losing money for Fox? And what will he do now? ... What conservative commentator, personality, pundit, can it be Sarah Palin? Who can take over for him?” (CNN) According to Nielsen -- the show averaged less than 2 million viewers. A pretty sizable audience for any cable news show -- but it represents a drop from last year’s average ratings of 2.7 viewers. So was it the ratings -- was it one conspiracy too many -- or was it -- like Beck says -- just that he never intended to stay forever? Lots of explanations in the blogosphere. The LA Times says it’s all about the ratings... “...there was little mistaking … Beck is being booted off the air. His sinking ratings certainly didn't help...” Nope -- it’s the fact he lost advertisers -- about 400 of them -- says New York Daily News... "Murdoch and Ailes didn't oust Beck when he ... likened Reform rabbis to proponents of radical Islam. No, it was only after the increasingly kooky conservative started losing money as big-name advertising dried up...” Not to mention -- The New York Times’ Brian Stelter tells CNN -- he just didn’t fit in at the network. “He was always his own man, unlike Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity, and he wasn't born by Fox and didn't depend on Fox. ... He called president Obama a racist. That caused an advertiser boycott, a lot of advertisers left his show. After that, people on the news side of Fox refused to go on the show or be associated with the show.” Beck’s liberal critics are rejoicing. DAVID BROCK, MEDIA MATTERS, MSNBC: “Glenn Beck was particularly dangerous, I think, and to have that presence mainstreamed was almost a unique problem in terms of the discourse. I think this is a victory for civil discourse. ... You've seen some paranoid ravings of almost a madman. ... I think at the end of the day, his reputation will be remembered as -- for what it is, that even Fox had to draw a line...” At the end of the day, though, The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz says the move was mutually beneficial. “Whatever the genesis … [this] is a case study in how even the most successful broadcast personalities can become too hot to handle.” In an interview with the Associated Press - Fox News chief Roger Ailes denied ratings or advertisers had anything to do with Beck’s “transition off” his show. Beck will stay involved with the network through occasional content contributions. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Get news with analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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