Old Boss Defends Ex-San Diegan Tomi Lahren, Suing Glenn Beck’s The Blaze

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By Ken Stone

Updated at 5:30 p.m. April 13, 2017

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Tomi Lahren, the 24-year-old conservative and Facebook star who worked in San Diego for a year, isn’t getting much love after suing Glenn Beck, her employer, for wrongful termination.

Tomi Lahren. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

Neither is she getting sympathy after complaining on ABC News’ “Nightline.”

“When your outlet is taken away from you and you don’t understand why and you’re so disappointed and you’re so blindsided, it hurts,” she said.

Her online show, “Tomi,” was ended, she says, after she publicly announced being in favor of abortion rights.

The Blaze — Beck’s multiplatform media outlet — told ABC: “It is puzzling that an employee who remains under contract (and is still being paid) has sued us for being fired, especially when we continue to comply fully with the terms of our agreement with her.”

On March 17, Lahren appeared on ABC’s “The View,” and said: “I’m pro-choice, and here’s why: I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think that the government should decide what women do with their bodies… stay out of my guns and you can stay out of my body as well.”

She also tells ABC: “I’m not the kind of girl that sits in the corner and cries about things. And that’s another message I really want to get across. I don’t consider myself a feminist, but boy I will not lay down and play dead ever.”

From August 2014 to August 2015, Lahren hosted a show on San Diego-based One America News Network (OAN), leaving after a reported dispute.

Robert Herring, CEO of OAN parent Herring Networks, said Lahren being pro-choice was not a good reason to pull her off the air.

“Tomi is a very strong minded young lady and that is one  of her biggest assets, but that also upsets a lot of people.” Herring told Times of San Diego on Thursday.

“We let our talk show host say whatever they feel as long as it is not something that will get me in legal trouble. We don’t let our anchors express any opinion.”

Would Herring — who originally hired her out of school in Las Vegas — like to have Lahren back on OAN?

He says he reached out to her long ago, but can’t do anything because she has a contract till September.

Why did Lahren leave OAN?

“We didn’t have a contract,” said her former boss, “and she was appearing on Fox and other shows, and I didn’t think that was right. I gave her a choice and she left.”

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