Glenn Beck cries chatting with Kathie Lee on 'Today' -- VIDEO

What caused Glenn Beck to cry on Today this morning? Did someone make Beck sit in a drum circle at the Occupy Wall Street movement? Or did someone buy him an Obama 2012 bumper sticker for his car? Nope, it’s neither of those things.

Rather, during a taped interview with Kathie Lee Gifford, the former Fox News commentator got emotional talking about the his own difficult childhood, which he drew inspiration from for his latest fiction book The Snow Angel. Among other things, Gifford and Beck discussed his mother’s death, a possible suicide, and why he and his family didn’t talk about it for a long time. “When you live in an alcoholic family or an abusive family, you tiptoe, you don’t want to step on any mines,” Beck said.

But when Beck tried to talk about the abuse (“My father told me abuse is generational”), the political pundit — who now runs his own pay-per online network GBTV — broke down and cried. “Now The Today Show is going to make fun of me again,” he said, wiping away tears.

While Beck said he had no regrets about leaving Fox behind, when asked if being one of the most hated figures in entertainment (Lee referred to Beck having a team of bodyguards to protect him) has been worth it, he got emotional again. “I don’t know,” he replied, “I wouldn’t want to be my kids, I wouldn’t want to be my wife.” Watch the full interview below:

Did Kathie Lee’s interview with Glenn Beck on Today put him in a new light for you, PopWatchers? Did he convince you that he is, as he put it, “much more than the cartoon”? Or is it just too tough for you to have any compassion for the guy? Share in the comments section below.

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  • sigh

    this guy must be going through menopause or something. when does this guy NOT cry. remember how a lot of misogynistic guys used to say things about how women weren’t fit to do certain things because they were “too emotional”. how much you want to bet these same guys have no problem listening to glenn beck? how anyone can take this irrational train wreck seriously boggles my mind. i don’t find him ‘sensitive’. i find him unstable.

    • miss scarlet

      lol this.

    • Roger

      If you believe in all the “emotion” of a pro wrestling interview, then you will buy what Beck is selling.

    • Bernadette

      This guy is such a phony. He is the most insincere human on the face of the earth – its all just an act.

      I think the next step is “The Actor’s Studio” and have James Lipton interview him. What’s his method? Where did he study? And when will he finally buckle and start doing over-the-top telenovelas where he obviously belongs?

      • iloveamerica@ourtroops


    • Your Grannie

      I am sad to see that people are so invested in their rigid dogmatism that they cannot experience truth when they see it.

      Your Marxist-feminist and Fabian Socialist forbears LIED to you all your lives. There will come a day when you will wake up and realize the cost of your indoctrination to yourself and to your brothers and sisters in the world. I hope it won’t be too late for you then.

      • Anonymous

        Are you trying to sound like a lame superhero on an snl skit or is just a unfortunate gift. The sad thing is that your comment shows the kind of people who are his fans. sad.

      • Brock

        Lol I love these ridiculous buzzwords from these jackass conservatives lol…What decade do you live in exactly?? And quit listening to so much bill o reilly and ann coulter you sound like a moron

      • lafferty

        what planet did you come from granny jesus was a liberal.he also said lieing people are going to hail.tell them most teabaggers going to hail for me i said ok

    • iloveamerica@ourtroops


  • PeterBilt

    u cant be a raving lunatic and then expect everybody to feel bad for u

    • Dede

      If he actually was a raving lunatic, I would feel bad for him. Beck seems more like a calculating con artist than a true believer. So, I don’t have any sympathy for the hatred he faces. You reap what you sow.

      • Alex


      • A

        What Dede said.

      • daisy

        spot on Dede!

      • anona muss

        ding ding ding ding!

      • Tarc

        A ‘calculating con artist’ is a pretty good description, as well as ‘propagandist’, and ‘sell-out’. I don;t feel bad for one instant; karma is a real… leveler.

      • Alyssa

        I think he should get help. I dont mean that in a mean way- though he deserves it. He seems to be manipulative and have a personality disorder of some kind. Plus everyone on Fox ” news” seems to be overly delusional about what they report.

      • Moderation

        His real name is Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes.

    • iloveamerica@ourtroops


  • jerk

    He looks like Curly from the three stooges. I guess Hannity is Mo and Oreilly is Larry.

    • Well…

      He’s giving me some serious Garth Brooks with that facial hair.

    • arm

      Unstable-Man here looks to be flipping Kathie Lee the bird with his Simon-Cowell-esque “scratch-with-middle-finger”. Hard to have any sympathy for this unrepentant bully and propagandist, when he can’t must the sympathy he seeks here for others (e.g., Katrina survivors, 911 families, etc.).

    • iloveamerica

      hey jerk, that says it all. lol

    • iloveamerica

      your screen name says it all JERK…

    • iloveamerica@ourtroops


  • ok

    He is crying because they took away the chainsaw he used to threaten rabits with on his show and they also took his blackboard. want a tissue chubby?

    • iloveamerica@ourtroops


  • Barb

    This man is evil. Hateful, evil and scary stupid.

    • JoeDon

      And you’re a moron.

      • Steverino

        Barb is a moron? That’s the best comment you can come up for her honest opinion? I think the moron isn’t Barb here.
        AND…yes, Beck is scary. Scary because he knows how to manipulate people with his fake emotions and fear-mongering. So, moron, don’t think so, honest, yes

    • Well…

      I don’t know about hateful and evil. I always saw him as mentally ill and hard to watch because of it. I’ll give you stupid… but I don’t really think he’s evil.

    • meme

      I’d hardly call him hateful, evil or scary stupid. You may not like him or what he says, but he isn’t evil.

      • Tarc

        I’d say he’s the definiition of evil.

      • David

        No he’s not evil. There’s a difference between calling someone evil and disagreeing with them.

      • NedPepper

        This guy has fabricated so many lies about other people, trying to ruin them, while ranting like the homeless guy at your local gas station. I’m pretty sure he’s not EVIL, but he sure likes act like it.

      • AlsDisciple

        Whenever I see Beck, I’m reminded of the end of The Social Network. The part where the lady tells Zuckerberg that he’s not an A-hole, he’s just trying really hard to be one.

    • Brian luby

      Can you prove what you say? If not…… You know the rest

    • iloveamerica@ourtroops


  • econruth

    What is it with men and their “daddy” issues? Yikes! How much better the world would be if it wasn’t run by men trying to work out their anger towards their fathers?

    • Hawthorne

      You are not going to like the changes that are going to take place! One day you are going to come crying for things to be like they were! (TOO LATE)


    I like KLG, but the fact that she did the “interview” speaks volumes about GB. So I am sure his cult will hate KLG they same way the other camp hated Katie.

  • Smile

    It’s a sad situation when someone stands up for America and everyone bashes him. Ofcourse, it is the Obama follows that want to discredit Beck. America is in more trouble that I initially thought. God Bless u!

    • bringbackrocky

      Yeah, that’s exactly right. It’s only Obama followers who don’t like Beck. Geesh.

    • Polly

      You need to stop being so simple. I know many conservatives and even fellow mormons who think he does nothing but damage the conservative cause in this county.

    • Anonymous

      gb stood up 4 america. what a joke.

    • Buffy Freak

      Beck stands up for one thing…his bank account.

      • Jesse


      • arm

        Completely agree… The only person who talks about gold more is the medieval blacksmith from the macaroni commercial. “LIQUID GOoooooooooOOLD!!!”

    • Jim

      Glenn Beck stands up for Glenn Beck.

    • Tarc

      I’m not an ‘Obama follower’ and I think Beck is an evil, lying propagandist that deserves every bad thing that goes his way (and more).

    • Kathster

      What does that even mean? Repeating trite phrases does nothing to advance a serious discussion.

    • iloveamerica

      to all you haters, i for one like Mr. Beck. He’s not afraid to say the truth. he’s definately more intelligent than most of the people who have posted on here. obviously a lot of people are threatened by him because he gets under so many peoples skin. most people can’t take the truth about what’s going on in this country.!!!!!!!!

      • penguinbuster

        Clearly the hateful comments are from people who have never actually listened to Glenn Beck. They are just regurgitating ignorant bullet points taken from the weekly progressive/socialist memo.
        Hmmm….chanting crowds at OWS,… White House teleprompter speeches and regurgitating hateful progressive propaganda….I’m seeing a pattern here…

      • Quinn

        wa wa wa . do you need kleenex?

    • lafferty

      im glad i dont have to see him on another network,only a cult would pay to see him.not jesus people if they belive that hate talk and praganda,there not my people

  • 88

    He is crying because he wants to be racist on tv and not just radio.

    • iloveamerica

      i’ve noticed people that accuse others of being racist are usually the biggest racists of all.

  • mwha

    Sometimes Beck and Boehner get together with a box of tissues between them and play R.E.Ms “everybody hurts”vand cry and cry.

    • Frank in LB


    • Cathy

      I don’t think there’s enough Kleenex in the world for that.

    • Alyssa

      HA HA! I was going to mention Boehner -They both have a crying problem. So do I – but I get PMS monthly and have depression+mood swings

    • iloveamerica@ourtroops


      • UPYOURS

        I think that is the funniest post yet!!!!!

      • xoxo

        what is wrong with you?

  • lol


  • Polly

    The man is unhinged. He was never qualified to be the sort of promoter of ideas he became. He is basically just a radio disc jokey who has an unhealthy obsession with conspiracy theories. He has made millions playing off the fears of uneducated, isolated, religious zealouts. History will record him as such.

    • iloveamerica@ourtroops


  • beavis

    Quit crying you little girl.

    • daisy

      dude, I am a girl and I don’t sob like that so why insult me while insulting him? seriously!

  • Dave

    Glenn Beck cries every day. He’s a little baby man.

    • iloveamerica


      • Anonymous

        @iloveamerica real grown up reponse to daves post. you must be 12.

    • penguinbuster

      hey Davie,
      Lie much or just shooting you mouth off. Everyday? You have no idea what Beck does or does not do on his shows… do you… because you don’t watch him do you..
      And… BTW…it’s Obama…. that’s a little baby man child…

  • yeah

    I agree with him on one thing, I would not want to be his wife or his kids either.

    • Wu-Tizzle


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