Still More on Beck…

The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz adds more color to the Beck story…

Despite his monster ratings, Fox News is bidding farewell to Glenn Beck as tensions between the incendiary host and the top-rated cable news channel have led to a near-total divorce.

I say near-total because the two sides announced a deal today in which Beck’s production company will produce occasional content for Fox. But insiders say this will amount to a handful of specials and that many senior Fox executives are relieved to be rid of Beck, whose ratings have dropped 40 percent.

Beck, too, has tired of the friction with Fox and is said by people close to him to be happy to end the partnership.

Whatever the genesis, for Beck to give up his daily 5 p.m. program, which at its peak drew more than 2.5 million viewers, is a case study in how even the most successful broadcast personalities can become too hot to handle.

The Business Insider’s Glynnis MacNicol offers up more color

One person who has worked with Ailes before told us that when Ailes says ” I look forward to continuing to work with him” what he really means is “don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”

They also relayed to us the rumor (entirely unconfirmed) that it was Wendy Murdoch who was most uncomfortable with Beck and pressured husband Rupert to make a move.

9 Responses to “Still More on Beck…”

  1. joeremi Says:

    Ooh, the Wendy Murdoch angle is juicy. I’ve read that she’s not the most conservative girl in the world, and may have affected Rupert’s pushback against Fox being officially associated with the Tea Party, ala Hannity’s cancelled broadcast from a rally.

  2. imnotblue Says:

    But insiders say this will amount to a handful of specials and that many senior Fox executives are relieved to be rid of Beck, whose ratings have dropped 40 percent.

    I think the statistic paint an unrealistic picture. Beck’s numbers were so abnormally high, that they were destined to fall once his novelty wore off. Blind stats like that give the impression that his show was doing poorly, which is clearly false. He was still light-years ahead of his competition, and highly placed (ratings-wise) in the FNC lineup.

  3. whitneymuse Says:

    Great…after his move over from HLN; I could never figure his attractiveness; in fact he just “phoned it in” for the longest time, recently.

    GOOD Riddance Beck; you’ve been a lazy SOB for the longest time.
    Your best act was to cry on “live” TV…but how many times can you cry ” because I love my country” and have everyone think you’re brilliant?

    It was too much after the first time. (and I guess you figured out that one, too; Beck.

  4. “don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” 😀 😀

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  6. I know a lot of people are pushing Megyn Kelly as Beck’s replacement but I think she may need another year or two before she’s ready to move again. Besides she has just gotten established in the PM.

    My guess it might be Lou Dobbs. He has experiece, can deliver the Republican talikng points as well as Hannity and has a business backgroud that would be useful for that timeslot.

  7. missy5537 Says:

    Lou Dobbs would be OK, but I’m hoping for the Judge!

  8. laura l Says:

    Rick Sanchez!! Did I say that out loud?

  9. “Lou Dobbs would be OK, but I’m hoping for the Judge!”

    Missy, I doubt it will be the judge. after the experience with Beck and an election on the horizon Ailes will want someone who can reliably deliver the Republican talking points and be counted on to oppose every Obama initiative. The judge has an agenda that is pure libertarian and on certain policies can slip away from attacking the Democrats and promoting the Republican agenda.

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