The Huffington Post reports that Glenn Beck and Fox News have announced that Beck will "transition off his daily program" later this year.
Fox News joined Mercury Radio Arts, Beck's production company, in a press release explaining that they will "work together to develop and produce a variety of television projects for air on the Fox News Channel as well as content for other platforms including Fox News' digital properties."
The announcement isn't a huge surprise, after months of speculation about whether or not Beck would continue his very popular but highly criticized show when his contract was up in December. More than 300 advertisers have already stopped airing their commercials during the program.
ColorOfChange released a statement on his departure:
ColorOfChange strongly applauds Glenn Beck's departure from the Fox News Channel. More than 285,000 ColorOfChange members have participated in our campaign against him since it began in July 2009. Because of them, Beck's show lost more than 300 advertisers — companies that were unwilling to attach their products and brands to his vitriolic and divisive commentary. Fox News Channel clearly understands that Beck's increasingly erratic behavior is a liability to their ratings and their bottom line, and we are glad to see them take this action.
Beck may have lost this particular post, but when it comes to his position as the go-to punch line for jokes about irrational hate and absurd far-right-wing conspiracy theories, we have a feeling he'll be around for a while.
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