Glenn Beck's final broadcast on Fox News starts at 5 p.m. east coast time today. We'll be live blogging the show, as well as updating you with reactions from around the Web. If you've missed any of the last 27 months, you can catch up here.
9:20 p.m. Here's something we didn't know, courtesy a three-week old Ad Week story: GBTV's streaming video is powered by MLB.tv, the in-house media player of Major League Baseball. Our own experiences with the service have been laptop-slammingly bad and according to Beck there were feed problems tonight, which is probably why we couldn't access it earlier. Credit baseball for being fair and balanced: Keith Olbermann's had a league-sponsored blog since 2009.
8:21 p.m. The full post-finale webcast is now up at GBTV, but you can get a much-abridged version of the audience Q&A session via Beck's official Twitter account. Along with softball queries about his least favorite founding father and the state of his diet, there was a revealing exchange about Beck's working relationship with his old Fox bosses.
Q: Were you ever censored? A: Never censored, but people were concerned about a lot of stuff done on TV #GBTV WG
7:20 p.m. The folks at Media Matters savored the moment with a viewing party. We'll see how long those smiles last when Beck unveils his two-hour GBTV show in September.
7:04 p.m. Beck's move to Texas is a done deal, writes Gina Pace at the New York Daily News. He's renting a "seven-bedroom, 7.5-bathroom spread" in Tarrant County (near Dallas) for $20,000 a month. Dallas-area real estate blogger Candy Evans has all the details on the listing, if you want to know the brand of stove he'll be using (La Cornue).
6:45 p.m. Stelter found the farewell "anti-climactic" while Greta Van Susteren liked Beck's anecdote about how he came to Fox after a handshake deal with Roger Ailes, because that's how she came to Fox. Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel took issue with that final chalkboard shot. Tweeted Kimmel: "His new venture is called 'Mercury One'--and yes--they misspelled 'Murcury'" He even supplied the visual proof.
6:31 p.m. Ooh, the GBTV Web cast is for subscribers only. Still free: Twitter jokes about how the last episode was nothing like other notable series finales.
A nice touch to have Woody Harrelson turn out the lights at the end of the last Glenn Beck broadcast
@lehmannchris did glenn beck end it by waking up next to suzanne pleshette?
@lehmannchris I liked the part where he woke up in bed with Suzanne Pleshette.
6:25 p.m. The end--at least the end on Fox--comes not with a bang or a diagram of train tracks, but with Beck at the chalkboard filled with the names of the production crew. But there's still the GBTV Webcast to come.
6:16 p.m. Another solid point from Stelter: the whole hour has been less of a goodbye to Fox and more of "a tease of sorts for his future projects, programs and products." He's been urging people to go to GlennBeck.com before every commercial, but Stelter points out that that just redirects to GBTV.com, a sign perhaps that he "wasn't allowed to promote GBTV.com, his new Internet channel, directly."
6:10 p.m. We're must be entering the home stretch: Beck is reminding us never to give up.
6:05 p.m. We're through the looking glass as Beck watches a video of himself giving advice to...himself? His future self? His September 2010 self? Us? Our future selves? Our 2010 selves? We've seen David Lynch movies with more straightforward narratives.
6:01 p.m. OK, Mediaite's Frances Martel makes a good point: "Beck calling Stewart a competitor makes at least as much sense as Stewart putting together a political rally in the nation’s capital, and insisting on not being called a political commentator."
5:54 p.m. Watching it again, the run about Stewart having a shorter show and a ton of writers feels even stranger. It almost feels like he's airing some sort of grievance against Fox. But what would he do with writers? Here's the clip.
5:49 p.m. Beck has a message for those folks calling his exit a de facto firing: "Look at your screen. Do you notice it says live at the corner? I believe this is the first time someone who has decided to leave a network--or certainly someone who has been fired--has had the word live in the corner of the last minute of his 42-minute ad-libbed monologue." (Sadly, nobody made the 'The calls are coming from inside the fear chamber!' joke.)
5:48 p.m. Mediate has the video of the outdoor opening.
5:35 p.m. Beck says he's proud of "[bending] this format so far out of its structure and parameters." Live blogging at the New York Times, Brian Stelter isn't sure that's something worth touting. "Mr. Beck rarely has any guests. He regularly just talks to the camera for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. He routinely ignores the day's news and talks about themes he chooses far in advance."
5:21 p.m. And now, a gold commercial.
5:20 p.m. He's breaking down monologue lengths at the blackboard. On average, his is 12 seconds longer than Jon Stewart's. Plus Beck's show is twice as long. "And Stewart has 15 writers!" (Alex Pareene is unimpressed: "You know, Glenn, Carson used to do 75 minutes every night."
5:18 p.m. Impressions so far, courtesy of the Huffington Post Media's Twitter feed: "Beck addresses his enemies, yells about the red phone." (He also went in a building.)
5:17 p.m. We got behind embedding that pipe photo so we clicked through Beck at the chalk board talking about all the political thinkers he's talked about on the show. We did see him write 'S.O.B.' next to Andrew Jackson's name for some reason.
5:08 p.m. A tour of the Glenn Beck junk room reveals...lots of chalk and a chainsaw. He's fighting the tears again.
5:06 p.m. Matthew Yglesias tweets that he's expecting "great things" from the finale. As if on cue, this shot of Beck smoking a pipe and looking a jaunty flashes across our set.
5:02 p.m. He's choking up already and he's not even inside the building. This is going to be moist. Meanwhile, they're cued a montage recapping his greatest hits. Crime Inc. and the 9 Principles have already made appearances.
5:01 p.m. He's outside! This is a surprising start.
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