Glenn Beck Apologies for "Dividing" People

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Glenn Beck accepted a First Amendment award from Talkers magazine last night - but the former Fox News host gave a speech that was more conciliatory than celebratory.

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Without mentioning any specific events, the controversial pundit said:

"For any role that I have played in dividing, I wish I can take them back. don't wish I could take back the truth that was spoken but perhaps... many times I could have said it differently."

Beck's run ended on Fox in 2011 largely due to advertisers boycotting his program after he said President Barack Obama had "a deep-seated hatred for white people."

More recently, he compared Michael Bloomberg to Hitler and alleged a Boston bombing cover-up.

Beck, of course, did say that Americans must support the right of people to provide opinions with which they might not agree.

"If they tell you to sit down and shut up, it's trouble," he said. "If it's a Republican or Democrat or independent, if it's a Tea Party person or someone from Occupy Wall Street, if they say shut up, it's trouble."

Beck is hoping to convince cable operators to carry TheBlaze, an online opinion/entertainment network he started after departing Fox News.

"If I can find an audience, they'll carry me," he said of the mission. "The day I can't find an audience, they should cancel me."

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Glenn Beck Biography

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Everett, Washington
Full Name
Glenn Edward Lee Beck