Political commentator Glenn Beck has announced that he is leaving FOX News. The often controversial entrepreneur, radio host, and television personality announced on April 6, 2011 his plans to "transition" from FOX News into "other platforms." The announcement follows a joint statement issued by FOX and Beck's production company which read the network and Beck will "develop and produce a variety of television projects for air on the FOX News Channel as well as content on other platforms" as Beck "transition[s] off his daily program."
The rapid decline of Beck's television ratings may be the cause of his departure from the formerly successful FOX News program, though network representatives have not confirmed precisely where Beck will go from here. Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of FOX News, offered "Glenn Beck is a powerful communicator, a creative entrepreneur and a true success by anybody's standards. I look forward to continuing to work with him." Beck responded in kind with "I can not 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."