Shortly after news broke that former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes had died, Glenn Beck gave a complex tribute to the “brilliant,” “dangerous” man on Thursday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program.”
“Roger Ailes and I had a very interesting relationship,” Glenn summed it up in an understatement.
Glenn described himself as feeling “torn” on his perception of Ailes. “Ailes is one of the biggest tutors in my life and one of the biggest disappointments in my life,” he said. “Roger was a tremendous performer and chameleon. He could be whoever he needed to be at the time.”
Ailes, who started Fox News in 1996 and grew it into the No. 1 cable news channel, was also an influential Republican operative who advised presidential campaigns for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Donald Trump.
He left Fox News in 2016 after multiple women, including Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly, accused him of sexual harassment. The network has since been embroiled in lawsuits related to alleged sexual harassment as well as accusations of racial bias. Long-time commentator Bill O’Reilly was ousted in April over sexual harassment allegations.