Glenn Beck said goodbye to his popular Fox News show Thursday evening, and by all accounts it was a relatively subdued farewell. The New York Times reports that the often-tearfull, always controversial host, took a few shots at the media and continually alluded to his next endeavor, an online TV show, but kept the theatrics to a minimum.
The final episode marks several years of ups and downs for the charismatic Beck. Despite having consistently high ratings, often drawing two million viewers for his 5 p.m. show, Beck tended to ruffle feathers of others in the media especially with comments he made during the summer of 2009 when he said that President Barack Obama was a racist with a "deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture."
Although controversial, Beck had an extremely loyal following as evidenced by his widely-attended Restoring Honor rally that was held at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and became somewhat of a defacto leader of the Tea Party movement when it first started. However, he also clashed with Fox executives, especially after numerous advertisors dropped out from his show after his penchant for inflammatory comments increased along with his championing of the Tea Party. The growing tensions between Beck and the network was certainly something that may have hastened his exit.
According to the Times, Beck will move on to operate his own web-only show, hosted at GBTV.com. The two-hour program will start September 12, and he had a message for the media that often lambasted him – they won't be rid of him just yet.
"You will pray for the time when I was only on the air for one hour every day," he told his viewers.