glenn beck replacementNews hit yesterday that Glenn Beck would step down from his popular FOX News program later this year but continue developing material for the network and its digital properties.

"I have been talking around this for almost a year," Beck told Andrew Napolitano on FOX Business on Wednesday. "I kept saying, 'Hear me, hear me: Prepare yourself for a time when I'm not gonna be around. You've gotta lead, you've gotta know what's true.' I tried to do it for those who had ears and eyes."

On his own 5 p.m. self-titled program, Beck likened himself to Paul Revere in explaining his departure. "When I took this job I didn't take it because it was going to be a career for me," Beck said. "Paul Revere did not get up on the horse and say, 'I'm going to do this for the rest of my life.' He didn't do it. He got off his horse at some point and fought in the revolution, and then he went back to silver-smithing."

Beck said he began his FOX News show because he thought he "had something important to share."