Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro is eyeing a purchase of TheBlaze. The website, founded by Glenn Beck after his departure from Fox News, has been beset by various challenges since it’s 2010 inception.
The news was first reported by The Daily Beast. In a statement to the website, Shapiro was coy about his intentions.
“TheBlaze welcomed us to the space as allies from the beginning, and we’re always looking for ways to strengthen our partnerships with our allies,” said Shapiro.
Once an early player in conservative media, TheBlaze, a division of Beck’s company Mercury Radio Arts, had been beset by problems in recent years. Last August, financial troubles forced the company to lay off 20 percent of its workforce, a decision Beck described at the time as “gut-wrenching.”
Shapiro founded the Daily Wire after bolting from Breitbart in the wake of the Michelle Fields scandal. His departure — and the ascendance of rival Milo Yiannopoulos — coincided with the sharp ideological turn the website took in support of Donald Trump in 2016.
Shapiro, like Beck, has remained a consistent conservative critic of President Trump from his role at Daily Wire. Regular appearances on Fox News, college campuses, and a profile in the New York Times has resulted in a rise in public prominence for Shapiro.
The Daily Wire is owned by the billionaire Wilks family of Texas.
Reps for TheBlaze and the Daily Wire did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.