A day after the Fox News Channel jolted the headlines with the announcement that Glenn Beck’s daily show was ending, there’s still some uncertainty over whether the hot-button TV personality was fired or quit.
The head of Fox News isn’t too interested in clarifying the matter either.
“Half of the headlines say he’s been canceled,” Fox News CEO Roger Ailes said in an AP interview. “The other half say he quit. We’re pretty happy with both of them.”
Beck, who’s been facing growing criticism and a marked decline in ratings, will leave his Fox News show later this year, but will remain with the network as a producer. Beck joined FNC in January 2009.
“We felt Glenn brought additional information, a unique perspective, a certain amount of passion and insight to the channel and he did,” Ailes went on to say. “But that story of what’s going on and why America is in trouble today, I think he told that story as well as could be told. Whether you can just keep telling that story or not … we’re not so sure.”
But the Fox boss made sure to confirm there are no hard feelings, and he’ll continue to work with Beck. “We like each other,” Ailes told the AP. “We’re not drawing pictures of each other on the walls, having staff fights and stealing each other’s food out of the refrigerator or any of that stuff.”
Meanwhile, Beck appeared on Andrew Napolitano’s Fox Business show Wednesday evening and discussed his departure. While issuing a warning to his critics, Beck gave an unofficial nod to who he thinks should replace him, according to the Huffington Post.
“Make you the replacement for me at 5 PM,” Beck said. “I love you. You have taught me much and I have learned a lot.”