What are the people in the media saying about Glenn’s last show on FOX News and GBTV?
Brian Stelter with The New York Times writes:
Speaking through the television set to the members of the media that he said were “celebrating” the end of his Fox show, Mr. Beck said, “You will pray for the time when I was only on the air for one hour every day.”
His forthcoming show on the Web will be two hours long.
Although Mr. Beck’s daily ratings have diminished somewhat this year, he remains a remarkably influential figure, making his departure from Fox after two and a half years all the more interesting. He and his staff repeatedly clashed with Fox executives, but during the last hour of the show that bore his name Mr. Beck thanked the Fox News chief, Roger Ailes, and the News Corporation chief, Rupert Murdoch, “and everybody at this network for their trust.”
The Glenn Beck Show broke every record in the 5 p.m. time slot, always stirring speculation and controversy. So, it’s no surprise, really, that his decision to leave the show only fueled more such speculation. But Beck sought to clarify tonight, and the story of his decision seems to have implications for anyone who wonders if “something more” awaits than whatever has become the day-to-day routine.
The final broadcast of “The Glenn Beck Show” was a little bit of everything: a look back, a glimpse into the future and a frank assessment of the reasons behind Beck’s Fox News Channel departure.
Beck, who ad-libbed much of his last hour as an FNC host, spoke candidly about the decision to launch a web-based TV channel, saying he hoped he had earned viewers’ trust on “The Glenn Beck Show.” “Anyone watching this show knows that I have bent this format so far out of its structure, out of its parameters,” Beck said. “This is a news channel. I do commentary.”
“This show has become a movement,” he said. “It’s not a TV show. And that’s why it doesn’t belong on television. It belongs in your homes, it belongs in your neighborhoods.”
But the colorful conservative populist did take a few shots at favorite targets in his final hour on traditional TV – like Jon Stewart, the Comedy Central host who’s been feuding with Fox News. Beck noted that his opening monologue typically runs about 21 minutes, while Stewart’s takes six. To help fill that time Beck has two writers, while Stewart has dozens.
“It’s easy to speak from the heart,” said Beck, who’s been known to tear up on air.
Even The Huffington Post had (kind of) nice things to say:
He kept the chalkboards to a minimum, and shed no tears. He also shied away from too many specific recollections about his show. Instead, he broadly reminisced about what he said he had learned from the experience, repeatedly praised Fox News for allowing his show to air and professed his excitement for his next step: the Web TV channel known as "GBTV."
Beck said that the reason for his departure from Fox News was simple: there was more that he wanted to do. The show, he said, was really a movement "that belongs in your home. It belongs in your neighborhoods. Not really television." He repeatedly directed viewers to his website, where the next chapter of his professional life will be centered.