By Ken Tucker
April 06, 2011 at 09:28 PM EDT

Glenn Beck began his Wednesday-afternoon Fox News show by confirming, “I am going to leave this program later this year, but I am not leaving Fox.”

He added, “There are more important stories than, ‘What’s the big fat chunky guy on TV gonna do in his future?'” But then he asked us to continue to watch because he’d have more to say at the end of his show… about “chunky” Glenn Beck.

Beck proceeded to start his usual run of vast conspiracy theories, with the warning that “we will have to name the coming summer as ‘The Summer of Rage.'” He displayed a list of people who “want revolution.” The list included Bill Clinton, Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, the Muslim Brotherhood, George Soros, Van Jones, Bill Ayers, Ryan Seacrest — oh, sorry, I made that last one up. I think.

At the end of the show, Beck compared himself to Paul Revere: “Paul Revere didn’t get on the horse and say I’m going to do this for the rest of my life!” Beck asserted that “I turned down Fox originally; I didn’t want to do it. I hated doing it at the other place.” (This was a punch at Headline News.) But he did his Fox show to “prove that something wicked this way is coming.” He said, “I’m developing other content for Fox, specials and other things.”

UPDATE: On MSNBCs The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, O’Donnell characterized that as “the standard kiss-off in show business,” meaning Fox was doing the kissing and will be glad to see the back of Beck. Why? Well, O’Donnell observed that Beck “believes the end of the world is coming,” and therefore “advertisers for cars” and various luxury items don’t want to sponsor Beck, because “if you think it’s the end of the world, nothing can cheer you up.”

Keep coming back here; I’ll be quoting and commenting on other TV shows tonight that discuss Beck’s departure. I’m, ah, rather looking forward to The Daily Show With Jon Stewart tonight, aren’t you?

Twitter: @kentucker

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