Glenn Beck Tells Meredith Vieira: 'I Was A Very Bad Man'

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'Ask Jon Stewart that,' he responded when asked if he feels he contributes to a climate of hate. 'Ask The Simpsons that question.'

NEW YORK – Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck was on NBC’s Today show on Wednesday to promote his self-help book The 7, but the conversation also took a political turn.

Co-host Meredith Vieira suggested to Beck that based on the book, it seemed like he had been a "nasty guy" in the past, the Huffington Post reported.

"I was a guy that I would've hated," Beck acknowledged. "I was a very bad man."

Vieira then brought up criticism of his rhetoric in the wake of the Arizona shooting.  When she read some of his controversial statements from the past, such as one in which he called President Obama a racist, Beck replied that he didn't regret any "jokes" he had made about people.

Asked if he feels he contributes to a climate of anger or hate, Beck pointed to other media voices. "Ask Jon Stewart that," he said. "Ask The Simpsons that question."