As The Blaze continues to hemorrhage money and lay off workers, Glenn Beck decided it would be a brilliant business decision to fire his most popular show host after she briefly went off the ideological reservation during an appearance on “The View.”
For anyone out of the loop, Tomi Lahren appeared on “The View” last month, and drew criticism from plenty of conservatives after describing herself as pro-choice. Most weren’t quite as outraged by the position, but the apparent contradiction to the anti-abortion stance Tomi had taken on her show in the past. We reached out to Tomi for comment and clarification, and she clarified that she’s morally opposed to abortion, but doesn’t want the government to play a role in the issue. Fair enough.
Despite the point she clearly was trying to make, Beck attacked Tomi on Twitter, then suspended and fired her from The Blaze. Perhaps he wanted her career to be as short-lived as his was on Fox News. She’s also permanently banned from their premises, as if she would ever want to go back in the first place. And now with his most popular host gone, Beck can expect his fortunes to dwindle even further as he’s in the center of a lawsuit.
According to Dallas News, According to Lahren’s lawsuit, filed Friday in Dallas County, The Blaze cancelled Lahren’s show after she made the controversial abortion statements last month on The View. But The Blaze wanted to keep paying Lahren, the suit says, “presumably hoping they could find an exit strategy to sanitize their unlawful conduct” in breaking Lahren’s two-year employment contract, which was to continue through Sept. 30.
The hubbub surrounding Lahren’s comments was “a public smear campaign” orchestrated to “inflate Beck’s profile, from what has become a mediocre following, all at [Lahren’s] expense,” the suit alleges.
“No one told [Lahren] that her statements on The View were either improper or inappropriate; and, indeed, that [Lahren’s] point of view is just that — her point of view and freedom of expression,” the suit says.
Beck and The Blaze knew of her pro-choice position, which she had expressed before, and “never took any issue with it,” the suit says.
The Blaze’s human resources director then called Lahren and told her “her employment was terminated, she would have no more shows,” solely because of her pro-choice comments, the suit says.
Lahren’s bosses ordered her to “go dark” and stay silent on social media, the suit says, adding that Facebook page, where she has 4.2 million followers, is not The Blaze’s property.
Her coworkers placed yellow caution tape spelling an ‘X’ on Lahren’s dressing room door. The Blaze terminated her work email account and supervisors cut off communication with Lahren, according to the lawsuit.
What a great team to work with that sounds like.
Presumably, Beck will find support among the twelve people still paying attention to what he has to say.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]