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Former Fox News host and media personality Glenn Beck says Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch personally asked him not to discuss God on the air. During a BlazeTV network broadcast late last month, Beck told his audience about the alleged discussion after reviewing the latest on another former Fox News opinion host, Tucker Carlson, who left the channel.

Beck told the story where he says Murdoch specifically told him not to use the word “God” on air. He said, “This is something that bothers Rupert deeply, deeply bothers him. I was told not to use the word ‘God’ on the air anymore. And I was like, ‘Wow, okay. That really bothered them; Rupert doesn’t like that.”

In a post on Twitter, Beck wrote, “I don’t know if Tucker Carlson’s speech about God and prayer was the final straw, but I have a feeling it DEEPLY bothered Rupert Murdoch.” Beck read from a recent report from Vanity Fair alleging that Carlson’s departure from Fox wasn’t about the nearly $800 million settlement with Dominion Voting Systems over Fox’s reporting on the 2020 election and instead about Carlson’s “religious talk” during the segment.

The report alleged Murdoch was unhappy with Carlson’s speech at the Heritage Foundation days before the Fox News announcement. Carlson spoke openly about the moral state of America and the continuous battle between “good” and “evil.” Carlson’s Heritage speech could be considered more of a sermon, but it was a dinner Murdoch had with his ex-fiancee and Carlson that some believe was the final straw.

Quoting an anonymous source, Vanity Fair reported that Carlson’s messianism put off Murdoch because it parroted the end-times worldview of Murdoch’s ex-fiancee Ann Lesley Smith, who repeatedly called Carlon “a messenger from God.” The source told Vanity Fair: “Murdoch had seen Carlson and Smith discuss religion firsthand. Carlson had dinner at Murdoch’s Bel Air vineyard in late March with Murdoch and Smith. During dinner, Smith pulled out a Bible and read passages from the Book of Exodus.”

Murdoch and Smith ended their engagement days later, and Carlson was no longer with the network. Beck, who left Fox News in 2015 because, according to The Associated Press, advertisers “didn’t want to have anything to do with his show despite its large audience,” made a similar claim regarding censorship during his time at Fox in 2016 while campaigning for Sen. Ted Cruz, who was seeking the Republican nomination for president. Beck didn’t name Murdoch as the other person in the conversation at the time.

Fox News couldn’t speak directly to Beck’s allegation from before he left the channel in 2011. Still, a spokesperson pointed out several articles by The Christian Post about Fox News personalities discussing books about Christianity by Shannon Bream and Harris Faulkner and their faith.

In late April, Fox News announced that management had “agreed to part ways” with Carlson in a terse statement that did not explain why the network’s highest-rated primetime opinion host was leaving.

In a brief statement, Fox News said, “We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor.”

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