- The Washington Times
Monday, March 27, 2017

Tomi Lahren is reportedly negotiating her exit from Glenn Beck’s The Blaze after she was suspended last week amid backlash for pro-choice comments she made during an appearance on ABC’s “The View.”

Sources familiar with the situation told TMZ that the conservative talk show host has six months left in her contract, but she started negotiations once news of her suspension made headlines.

“We’re told she has 6 months left on her contract and TheBlaze was willing to pay her out, but that would mean Tomi couldn’t work until October,” TMZ reported. “We’re told both sides are negotiating her exit and she will get less than 6 months of remaining salary, but she’ll be able to take another job.”

TMZ said a settlement is expected to be reached sometime this week.

The article follows a New York Post report Sunday that said The Blaze would not be resuming Ms. Lahren’s show “Tomi” following her one-week suspension.

“[Mr. Beck is] trying to balance being a leading conservative thinker and also someone who can unify the country,” an insider told the outlet. “He just couldn’t sit by and watch as Tomi Lahren said there’s no way for conservatives to justify anything other than being pro-choice.”

Ms. Lahren, an outspoken supporter of President Trump, had suggested to the predominantly liberal panel of “The View” on March 17 that advocating for small government while opposing abortion are contradictory ideals.

“I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think that the government should decide what women do with their bodies,” Ms. Lahren said. “So stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well.”

The comment outraged many social conservatives, prompting the 24-year-old to clarify her position on Twitter.

“Listen, I am not glorifying abortion. I don’t personally advocate for it. I just don’t think it’s the government’s place to dictate,” she wrote in a series of tweets. “I have moderate, conservative, and libertarian views. I’m human. I will never apologize, to anyone, for being an independent thinker.”

On his radio show, Mr. Beck criticized Ms. Lahren for suggesting pro-life conservatives are hypocrites.

“It takes intellectual honesty, and it takes a willingness to actually think these things through and to do more than just read Twitter or Facebook to get your news and your political opinions,” he said. “You actually have to study things — these things out in your mind. Especially at a time period like today.”

TMZ reported that there’s “bad blood” at The Blaze between Ms. Lahren and her colleagues — a rift that started well before her comments on “The View.”

“Sources over at The Blaze say Tomi’s getting trashed … ‘She’s too crazy for us,’ ” the gossip news site reported. “On her side there’s talk about what’s behind this — jealousy and that she’s clearly the breakout star.”

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