Lightning-rod Fox TV host Glenn Beck will give up his steady chalkboard gig sometime this year.
“When I took this job I didn’t take it because it was going to be a career for me,” Beck told his audience yesterday. “Paul Revere did not get up on the horse and say, ‘I’m going to do this for the rest of my life.’ … He got off his horse at some point and fought in the revolution, and then he went back to silver-smithing.”
Beck, 47, will "develop and produce a variety of television projects" for Fox News and other platforms, Fox said without elaborating.
“I will continue to tell the story,” Beck said, “and I’m going to be showing you other ways for us to connect. But I have other things to do.”
There’s also been rumors that Beck, who went to Fox in 2009 after a stint at CNN, may start his own cable network.
Beck, a libertarian and Tea Party favorite, gained notoriety for his controversial, right-wing rants on topics ranging from global warming to political conspiracy theories. Last year he hosted the "Restoring Honor" public rally at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
His departure from "Glenn Beck" has been speculated on for months, as his ratings dipped 30 percent since the beginning of the year. He also reportedly has lost dozens of advertisers because of his contentious positions.
Still, he averages about 1.9 million viewers per show, dwarfing other cable news programs in his 5 p.m. time slot. His syndicated radio show, which recently was dropped in New York, reaches 10 million weekly listeners and is heard on more than 400 radio stations across the country.
Yesterday, Beck said he owes a great deal to Fox News head Roger Ailes.
"I cannot repay Roger for the lessons I've learned and will continue to learn from him and I look forward to starting this new phase of our partnership," Beck said.