Glenn Beck bid adieu to Fox News on Thursday, as the controversial host prepares to launch his own network. However, there were no tears from Beck, who instead promised his fans he would help fix the country and even poked fun at his own persona, according to The Associated Press.
"I'm the only host who is supposedly the most dangerous person in America because of my influence and the least influential person in America because my ratings are supposedly declining," the 47-year-old said on his show. Nevertheless, Beck thanked Fox News chief Roger Ailes, the man who canceled him, during his farewell show Thursday.
Beck, who premiered on Fox News the day before President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009, was one of the channel's most popular anchors before he was boycotted by hundreds of advertisers for saying Obama had a "deep-seated hatred for white people." Fox News will air a week of Beck reruns before it launches a new show, The Five, featuring several Fox News personalities, including Geraldo Rivera and Monica Crowley, debating the hot topics of the day.
Beck looked ahead eagerly to his next project, a daily, for-pay two-hour program on his own Internet network, GBTV, which will launch in September. While showing a picture of short-lived Tonight Show host Jack Paar, Beck denied that he was running away from something, but instead "running to something."
"This show has become a movement," he said. "It's not a TV show and that's why it does not belong on television anymore. It belongs in your heart. It belongs in your neighborhood."
Beck warned his critics not to underestimate his influence on the new show. "You will pray for the time when I was only on the air for one hour a day," he said.
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