- The Washington Times - Monday, February 15, 2016

Conservative talk-radio host Glenn Beck revealed Saturday that one of the main reasons he left Fox News in 2011 is because his superiors ordered him to “stop talking about God.”

Mr. Beck, who now runs his own cable news channel called TheBlaze, recalled his resignation at Fox during a Ted Cruz campaign event at the Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Christian Post reported.

“I was hauled into the office and I was told, ‘Stop talking about God.’ I was told, ‘Stop telling people to pray,’” Mr. Beck told the audience. “I was told, ‘Stop praying because that takes God’s focus off the important things like war.’”

“I was just like, ‘Uh-huh. Wow. I thought I was gonna get this speech at CNN,’” he joked.

Mr. Beck said that four months later, he was called back into the same unnamed Fox News superior’s office.

“Do you realize how many times you’ve said the word ‘God’ on the air since [that conversation]?” Mr. Beck recalled being asked.

“I said, ‘You counted?’” Mr. Beck replied.

The person then explained that Mr. Beck had mentioned God and prayer on air 91 times since he was directed to stop. Mr. Beck said it was then that he and his wife realized it was time to move on.

“The Lord was telling us, ‘You are in the wrong place. You’re just in the wrong place,’” he said. “And that’s because God said to me, ‘If you don’t leave now, you’re not going to leave without your soul. Because once you start wanting it, that’s when you start compromising.”

Mr. Beck in 2013 told a group at New York University, “If you stay in it too long, you become Norma Desmond. … I remember feeling, ‘If you do not leave now, you won’t leave with your soul intact,’” Newsmax reported.

Fox News disputed that claim at the time, saying Mr. Beck’s program was losing sponsors.

“Glenn Beck wasn’t trying to save his soul, he was trying to save his ass,” a Fox spokesman told Politico at the time.

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