Comedian Samantha Bee has been wondering why Glenn Beck isn't acting like himself anymore. The conservative commentator rose to fame during the George W. Bush Administration by ruthlessly attacking Democrats and liberals, comparing people like Al Gore, Barack Obama and even Michael Bloomberg to the Nazis. Yes, Michael Bloomberg is Jewish, and yes, Glenn Beck knew that.
But recently, Beck has apologized for all of that behavior. And he even campaigned against Donald Trump during the 2016 election. Ten years ago, those two would've been BFF's - each wearing one half of a heart-shaped necklace with "You're" written on one side and "Fired" on the other. But now they're enemies, and Samantha Bee wanted to know why. So she sat down for an interview with Beck for her show Full Frontal.
The interview started off as well as you'd expect.
Bee: My audience is going to think that I am crazy for sitting down with you.
Beck: My audiences HATES your guts.
Bee: My audience hates your guts more.
Beck: My audience would like to stab you relentlessly in the eye.
Bee: Okay, my audience wants to kill me for normalizing a lunatic like yourself.
After getting those un-pleasantries out of the way, Beck praised Bee for offering a voice of reason amid the insanity that has overtaken the mainstream media.
"I said yes to [this interview] because I watch you. And I believe you actually don't want to do damage. As a guy who has done damage, I don't want to do more damage. I know what I did. I helped divide. I'm willing to take that. My message to you is, please don't make the mistakes that I made."
But he thinks you and everyone you know are already doing just that right now - especially on social media.
"I think all of us are doing it," he added. "We're doing it on Facebook. We're doing it on Twitter. We tear each other apart and we don't see the human on the other side."
It's certainly shocking to hear Beck speak sincerely about restraint and empathy. But he hasn't changed completely. Check out the full interview to find out what part of his personality has stayed the same - and shaped commentators like Samantha Bee.