Glenn Beck, conservative firebrand and former Fox News host, now says he has some regrets about the passionate rhetoric he used on his show.
Beck, who hosted a show on Fox News from 2009 to 2011, appeared on “The Kelly File” with Megyn Kelly on Tuesday to discuss his tenure with the network. While on air, Beck said his program, which reveled in conspiracy theories and denounced President Barack Obama as a radical destroying the country, played a role in driving the nation apart.
“I remember it as an awful lot of fun and that I made an awful lot of mistakes,” Beck told Kelly. “I think I played a role, unfortunately, in helping tear the country apart.”
After leaving Fox News in 2011, Beck founded his own libertarian-oriented online network, TheBlaze, which also provides content to The Dish network and Optimum TV. Beck continues to host his own show, “The Glenn Beck Program,” on TheBlaze, though some of his antics, such as crying on air and using a chalkboard to demonstrate points, have been toned down.
“I wish I could go back and be more uniting in my language,” Beck said of his former Fox News program. “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.”
This isn’t the first time Beck has expressed regret over some of the language he used on his Fox News program. Last year, Beck told the Associated Press that be wished he has used less divisive language when hosting his show.
Watch Beck on “The Kelly File” below.
Eric Brown is an IBTimes political reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.