Glenn Beck says he regrets ‘helping tear the country apart’

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Top television and radio host Glenn Beck said in an interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News that he regrets some of his time at the cable network, when he hosted his own show, and admitted that he ratcheted rhetoric that helped drive a political wedge in America.

“I remember [my time on Fox] as an awful lot of fun and that I made an awful lot of mistakes,” Mr. Beck said on Fox News on Tuesday night. “I think I played a role, unfortunately, in helping tear the country apart.”

He also said if he could hit the rewind button, that he’d focus more on uniting, not dividing.

“I wish I could go back and be more uniting in my language,” he said, Politico reported. “I didn’t realize how really fragile the people were. I thought we were kind of a little more in it together. And now I look back and I realize if we could have talked about the uniting principles a little bit more, instead of just the problems, I think I would look back on it a little more fondly.”

Mr. Beck’s show ran on Fox News between 2009 and 2011. He left to launch his own Internet-based radio and television program, TheBlaze TV. His run on Fox was marked by controversy, inflammatory rhetoric — and high ratings.

The parting of star with network was mostly amicable, he said, Politico reported. And, he specified, any regrets he felt about his time there only spoke to his role — not about the network in general.

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