Glenn Beck said goodbye to his audience and looked back on his tumultuous tenure at Fox News on Thursday, the last episode of the ‘Glenn Beck Show.’ Of course, there was the requisite career retrospective full of clips from his time on the network, starting with his first show January 19, 2009. Media Matters had released their own highlight reel of Beck’s most outrageous statements earlier in the day, but Beck’s focused on the good times.
“This is only the third time that I’ve actually done live TV, so buckle up ‘cuz it could get very, very bumpy,” he said on that first broadcast. The mostly goofy clips that followed confirmed that, as Beck struggled to find the correct camera to address and pieces of his backdrop fell behind him, interrupting a rant about out of control government.
The last clip was the one that seemed most out of context — Beck in his tailored suit and striped shirt, also wearing bright blue surgical gloves, laughing and saying into the camera, “This is the dumbest damn show on air.” Now it will be the dumbest damn show on the Internet, which is where Beck is moving his enterprise (along with radio and publishing). A strange, brief chapter in broadcast history has ended.