Glenn Beck’s Fox show dropped
NEW YORK (AP) – Fox News Channel on Wednesday said it was dropping Glenn Beck’s afternoon talk show, which has sunk in the ratings and suffered financially due to an advertiser boycott. Fox and Beck said the show will end later this year.
Fox News and Beck’s company, Mercury Radio Arts, said they will work together to create other projects for Fox television and digital.
Beck was a quick burn on Fox News Channel. Almost immediately after joining the network in January 2009, he doubled the ratings at his afternoon time slot. Fans found his conservative populism entertaining, while Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert described Beck’s “crank up the crazy and rip off the knob” moments.
He was popular with Tea Party activists and drew thousands of people to the National Mall in Washington last August for a “restoring honor” rally.
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Glenn Beck’s Fox show dropped
Once upon a time I was an avid listener of Beck, back in his radio days, but when he went to CNN I became a bit concerned. The most Conservative guy around and he’s going to CNN? What’s wrong with that picture?
Then Beck ends up at FOX News, and I’m thinking, great, now he’ll be the most totally unplugged guy in the business. FOX was perfect for Beck, he was *The New Kid in Town*, and he was HOT!
People that could watch live, did, people that couldn’t watch live had it on the DVR, Beck was the talk of the town and was doing a fantastic job.
Then, over a period of time, Beck seemed to lose his marbles.
He preached, he cried, he laughed maniacally at nothing at all, at other times he was almost despondent, to the point of making some think that he was on the edge of being suicidal at times. Then he would preach, cry and laugh maniacally, at nothing at all
I have to say, I am NOT a fan of Stephen Colbert but when he described Beck’s program and delivery as ”crank up the crazy and rip off the knob“, Colbert hit that one out of the park!
Personally, I think Beck started to believe the reviews concerning his greatness and presentation, I think it went to his head and knocked him completely off of his game.
Yet some of his statements were getting him in trouble, and critics appealed to advertisers to boycott his show last summer after Beck said President Barack Obama had “a deep-seated hatred for white people.”
More than 400 Fox advertisers told the company they did not want their commercials on Beck’s show.
I can’t think of a more appropriate tribute to Beck, and his leaving, Happy Trails to You!
If the advertisers turn on you, it’s ALL over.
Forget the viewers, if the advertisers don’t want you there, even if your ratings are modestly decent, you are on the way out the door. And as far as I am concerned, Beck has been skating on thin ice for a while now.
I stopped watching him entirely. The guy was a total downer, he had some good and valid points, but I didn’t care to share in his mental depression, no matter how good his message is/was. I stopped linking one of my favorite bloggers because it was a daily Beck Fest.
Some folks get so absorbed in their task that they tend to lose themselves, I believe that’s what happened to Beck along the way.
If I want to hear preaching, I’ll go to church, and it won’t be an LDS church. If I want to be treated to a show by some guy with a whole box full of issues and delusions, I’ll go do some volunteer work at the State Hospital, or attend ALL Rowlett Council meetings and watch the John Harper show.
Viewers also began turning away. Beck’s 5 p.m. ET show averaged 2.7 million viewers during the first three months of 2010, and was at just under 2 million for the same period this year, the Nielsen Co. said. His decline was sharper among younger viewers sought by advertisers.
Increasingly, the show began to be dominated by Beck standing in front of a chalk board giving his theories about the world’s troubles.
OK, I don’t fit the target demographic, I’m not a young viewer, but sanity was lacking in too many of Beck’s presentations, his chalk board pulpit and far out theories ran me off a good while back. Happy Trails indeed, I wish him no ill will, but once in a while there’s nothing left to say other than good-bye.