Fox News has suffered two major shakeups recently with the ousting of CEO Roger Ailes and longtime host Bill O’Reilly — both parting ways with the network after sexual harassment allegations.
On Thursday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program,” Glenn Beck talked about his experiences working at Fox News under Roger Ailes.
“I think there was a good side of Roger Ailes,” Glenn said. “I think the dark side of Roger Ailes won. … At some point in his life, he became a dirty old man.”
One facet of the “dark side” was a knack for making sure that Fox News talent didn’t get along, Glenn explained, describing how Ailes would sabotage relationships at the network.
“Roger liked to be the kingpin, and he was the master manipulator of everybody’s relationship,” Glenn said. “He liked his shows and his talent not liking each other because he knew, ‘If I keep them pitted each other they’ll compete harder to beat that son of a bitch,’ and they would never join forces. If they join forces, then we’re in trouble.”
Glenn talked about a time his producer and O’Reilly’s producer clashed over a breaking news story. To O’Reilly’s surprise, Glenn encouraged O'Reilly's team to go after the story since they had more resources at their disposal.
“I’m a team player,” Glenn remembered telling O'Reilly. “Let’s work together for the good of the company; let’s work together for the good of the country.”