While stumping for Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz last week in South Carolina, media personality Glenn Beck said that the real reason he left Fox News was because he was told to “stop talking about God.”
“I was told, ‘Stop telling people to pray,'” Beck said at a campaign rally. “I was told not to tell people to pray on their knees because there’s a lot of people in the audience whose knees hurt and I make them feel bad.”
Beck said the network told him he was distracting God from more important things.
“I was told, ‘Stop praying because that takes God’s focus off the important things like war,'” he told the audience. “I was just like, ‘Uh-huh. Wow. I thought I was gonna get this speech at CNN.'”
Beck then said he was called back into the office four months later and was told he had mentioned God “91 times” since the earlier conversation.
“My wife and I knew we were in the wrong place,” he concluded.
Forbes reported in April 2013 that Beck said he left Fox News to save his soul.
“If you stay in it too long, you become Norma Desmond,” Beck said while accepting an award at the Tribeca Film Festival at New York University. “I remember feeling, if you do not leave now, you won’t leave with your soul intact.”
Norma Desmond was a character in the 1950 film “Sunset Blvd” played by Gloria Swanson. A silent movie star, Desmond dreamed of making a triumphant return to the big screen after talking pictures ended her career.
A Fox News spokesperson told Politico’s Mike Allen at the time that Beck was interested in saving something other than his soul.
“Glenn Beck wasn’t trying to save his soul, he was trying to save his ass,” the unidentified spokesman said. “Advertisers fled his show and even Glenn knows what that means in our industry. Yet, we still tried to give him a soft landing. Guess no good deed goes unpunished.”
Interestingly, World Net Daily reported in January 2012 that Beck said Fox News tried to censor him on reporting about George Soros.
“Beck explained that his own former network tried to get him to clam up about his constant reporting on what he felt was Soros’ fiendish agenda to harm the American way of life,” WND reported.