Glenn Beck, known for being a bit delusional at times, really outdid himself with this one. Instead of understanding that he left network because he was no longer wanted, he’s insisting that it was by choice. Furthermore, he’s stating, instead, that, “I remember feeling, ‘If you do not leave now, you won’t leave with your soul intact.”
This happened at an appearance of his at the NYU Stern School of Business, as reported by Forbes:
Glenn Beck thinks the television industry as we know it is dying, but that’s not why he left it to start his own digital network, The Blaze. He’s making a lot more money now than he did at Fox News, but that wasn’t it either. He left to save his soul.
“If you stay in it too long, you become Norma Desmond,” Beck said Friday during an appearance at the NYU Stern School of Business, where he accepted a Disruptive Innovation Award from the Tribeca Film Festival. “I remember feeling, ‘If you do not leave now, you won’t leave with your soul intact.'”
He continued to say some pretty interesting things about his time at CNN, as well:
Before coming to Fox, Beck worked at CNN, where, he said, he had an office that looked out on an open-plan office area where producers and reporters had their desks. “I used to call it the Pit of Despair because there are all these people plunking out stories like, ‘I just want to hang myself, I just want to hang myself,’” he said.
I’ve always personally found Glenn Beck to be the most interesting of the conservative pundits. Not because I think that his particular brand of hateful rhetoric is any better than that of the others; his delivery is just astonishing. I never thought that a conservative could maintain the persona that he does (well, with a straight face).
Raw Story reports on Beck’s commentary regarding Fox, as well as a surprising twist:
“At the end, when we were leaving, it was a long process,” he told the audience, who were assembled to honor Beck and other recipients of the Stern School’s Disruptive Innovation Award. “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.”
Beck said that he has made more money than ever since leaving television and building his online empire. He has produced a line of clothing, survival foods and other products aimed at monetizing his brand of anti-government, conspiracy theory rhetoric.
Forbes magazine estimated that Beck’s net worth currently stands at about $80 million, making him one of the most highly paid political commentators in the country.
It’s interesting that Beck left the highly influential Fox name because he didn’t want to become “too enamored” with it and then went on to do his best to emulate the same business model, albeit on a smaller, more fringe scale.
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