Conservative commentator Glenn Beck stirred up his old employer in an interview citing his reasoning behind leaving.
“If you stay in it too long, you become Norma Desmond,” Beck said in an interview at the NYU Stern School of Business on Friday. “I remember feeling, ‘If you do not leave now, you won’t leave with your soul intact.’”
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s spokesman challenged that, telling Politico, “Glenn Beck wasn't trying to save his soul, he was trying to save his ass. Advertisers fled his show and even Glenn knows what that means in our industry. Yet, we still tried to give him a soft landing. Guess no good deed goes unpunished.”
Beck had a show on Fox News Channel for two and half years, and on Headline News two years before that.
Beck said Fox News chairman Roger Ailes tried to talk him out of leaving, to no avail.
“Roger said to me, ‘You’re not going to leave.’ And I said, ‘I am.’ And he said, ‘Nobody does,’ meaning leave television….And I said, ‘I’m fortunate because I haven’t been in it that long.’ I knew what this big, huge Fox empire brought to the table, and I had to leave before I became too enamored of that.”
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