In an interview with Megyn Kelly that reminisced about his time at FNC, he stated that although he did have a lot of fun, there were some things that he did regret doing.
Kelly started by telling him that she had known him since the day he had joined FNC and that she had seen his various antics, especially when he “installed” a red phone for Anita Dunn, who served as White House Communications Director from April to November of 2009.
“I remember it as an awful lot of fun and that I made an awful lot of mistakes,” Beck said,” and I wish I could go back and be more uniting in my language. I think I played a role, unfortunately, in helping tear the country apart.”
His supporters used to praise him for being a constitutional stalwart who defended traditional American values, while his critics countered with reasoning that he promoted conspiracy theories and used incendiary rhetoric for the sake of ratings.
Beck added, “I didn’t realize how really fragile the people were. I thought we were kind of more in it together and now I look back and realize, if we could’ve talked about the uniting principles instead of just the problems, I think I would look back at it more fondly.”
His show was one that almost always had a way of inciting outrage. There was a time when he called President Obama “a racist” and another one where he gutted a fish on air and then compared it to the mainstream media.
Beck left FNC in June of 2011 to start his own media company.