Glenn Beck building new studio in Dallas, with plans to ‘change the country, based in Texas’
Former Fox News icon Glenn Beck was traveling abroad when news leaked late last month that he’d leased a huge house near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, making good on months of rumors he was moving to Texas now that his run at Fox has ended.
Today on the Glenn Beck Program, he made it official. First, though, he complained about the news leak — “only because it puts my family’s life at jeopardy,” he said. “The press went ahead and announced it anyway, with all of the details — I appreciate, that, press, I really do. Leave my family alone. I’m moving to Dallas, Texas.”
Then Beck also dropped the news that he and his GBTV crew would be building a large film, television and radio studio in Dallas. “Stand together with GBTV and we’ll try to work together and change the country, based in Texas,” he said.
Beck didn’t miss the opportunity to get in on the buzz about Texas’ reputation as an employment Mecca: “We’re gonna create some jobs with people who know how to create jobs, in Texas,” Beck said.
Beck joked that all the new jobs only counted for as half as many, because Texas doesn’t have a state income tax, then set about riffing on all the attempts to poke holes in Texas’ image as a small-government showpiece: That has nothing to do with their policies, or the fact that their representatives only meet every… 400 years,” Beck joked.
“I’ve heard they don’t even have roads there, not a single road. it’s all dirt,” Beck said, digging at naysayers who say Texas infrastructure is underfunded. “I’m going down for a charity case, I’m going to help them.”
Gov. Rick Perry appeared on one of Beck’s final shows on Fox late last month, as the Texas Independent reported, to talk about how he’s helped create jobs during the recession. The two joked about the possibility that Beck would move to Texas, and that there may be an open governor’s job waiting for him soon.