The Blaze CEO appeared on Mediaite's radio show, where he said he had no control over Lahren's hiring and added, "I would've fired [Lahren] the day I met her in the hallway."
"Up until — what? — two months ago I had nothing to do with The Blaze," Beck said. "I neither hired nor fired. I would give my opinion, but I self-sequestered myself in a stupid idea of that way they can have their own credibility and their own problems and I don't affect them and they don't affect me."
Lahren was suspended over pro-choice remarks she made during an appearance on "The View" in March. The channel said they were willing to pay Lahren out for the remaining six months of her contract, but she wouldn't be free to work for another employer until October.
She filed a wrongful termination suit against TheBlaze in April, but the network fired back and countersued Lahren on saying, "Tomi was 'inappropriate and unprofessional' and she 'constantly complained about lighting, room temperature, editing, shooting and directing.'"
Eventually, Beck and Lahren were able to reach an agreement where she was freed from her contract at The Blaze. She started hosting her "Final Thoughts" segment on her personal Facebook page, and recently took a job as communications strategist for Great America Alliance.
Beck told Ziegler that firing Lahren wasn't about her pro-choice position that she shared on "The View," pointing out the first person he ever hired was a conservative black woman who was also pro-choice.
"What I have a problem with is somebody who will change their point of view, or that will say absolutely crazy red-meat things and not have any intellectual firepower to back it up," he said.
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