Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze turned up the heat on an estranged employee in a Texas court today, filing a countersuit against Tomi Lahren after Lahren went to court alleging she was fired by Beck for her pro-choice views.
CNN reports that a document filed today by Beck and TheBlaze “accuses Lahren of mistreating staff and violating the terms of her contract.”
“Lahren, a smooth-talking conservative pundit who had hosted a nightly talk show on TheBlaze since 2015, sued the network and Beck earlier this month alleging wrongful termination, claiming that she was sacked shortly after expressing her pro-choice views during an appearance on ‘The View,'” CNN reports. “Following those comments last month, Lahren was pulled off the air and has not appeared on her program since. She claimed in her suit that Beck and TheBlaze had orchestrated a ‘public smear campaign’ against her, and that the company had blocked access to her Facebook page.”
Beck and his company say in their counterclaim that Lahren has not been fired, asserting that her “employment agreement with TheBlaze remains in full force and effect,” CNN reports.
The counterclaim is quoted by CNN saying: “When TheBlaze informed Lahren that her show was suspended for one week, it also advised her that it would continue to honor her contract (as it has and continues) and would invoke its rights to ‘pay or play’ (i.e., to pay Lahren but not broadcast her show).”
CNN adds: “The counterclaim goes on to say that ‘TheBlaze has had employment issues with Lahren for well over a year,’ and that as a result of those issues the company had not intended to extend her contract after it expires in September.”
The story also reports: “Those ‘issues,’ according to the claim, included mistreatment of the crew on her show, on-air language that bordered ‘on profanity,’ a propensity for conflict with other media personalities at TheBlaze and purported ignorance in her analysis.”