Glenn Beck to End More Imminently Than 30 Rock

It takes a special talent to announce your departure from the air with more brashness–and less, you know, factual basis–than

It takes a special talent to announce your departure from the air with more brashness–and less, you know, factual basis–than Glenn Beck. And yet here we are, Alec Baldwin! The 30 Rock actor told New York that the show’s coming to an end in 2012, at the end of its sixth season, though NBC says there have been no talks about renewal or cancellation (not that there necessarily would be talks at this point–Mr. Baldwin’s assertion is that everyone’s contract is up at that still-far-off, and he and Tina Fey would simply walk away).

By comparison to Mr. Baldwin’s dropping a juicy gossip nugget in front of a starved party reporter, Glenn Beck’s departure notice from his Fox News show was muted–but then, he’s never trusted the lamestream media. Still, there’s more than a whiff of corporate wrangling about Mr. Beck’s news being released in a joint statement with Fox, rather than announced on the show itself, indicates that unlike Mr. Baldwin (who’s tried, previously, to be released from his contract), Mr. Beck cares about his future with the network, with whom he’ll purportedly work on developing content in future. Mr. Baldwin has no such hopes. Who’s the real Howard Beale here, anyhow?

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