Ben Shapiro's website in talks to buy Glenn Beck's 'The Blaze': report

Ben Shapiro's website in talks to buy Glenn Beck's 'The Blaze': report
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The owners of a website headed by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro are in talks to purchase Glenn Beck's TheBlaze, according to a Monday report.

The Daily Beast reports that two sources described the acquisition as looking "quite likely, though the deal isn’t final."

Shapiro, the founder and editor in chief of the Daily Wire and a former Breitbart editor, didn't deny the report in a statement to the Daily Beast. 

“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, 34. 

The Daily Wire's owners are members of a billionaire Texas fracking family, the Wilkses, which the Daily Beast reports have been eager to buy more conservative media properties.

Beck's conservative media outlet has lost key hosts while undergoing relatively sizable layoffs over the past year. TheBlaze TV particularly has struggled due to a lack of distribution through major cable companies such as Time Warner, Cablevision and Comcast.

The layoffs fell not long after a rocky end to former host Tomi Lahren's tenure at TheBlaze, which came in May after she and Beck feuded publicly over comments she made about abortion.

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.”

NRA spokeswoman and conservative commentator Dana Loesch also announced in November that her Blaze TV program was ending after almost four years on the air. 

"I am moving on, all on good terms," she said.

TheBlaze, based in Irving, Texas, laid off an estimated 40 employees in 2016. 

Shapiro is seen by many as one of the top conservative voices in the industry. Beck and Shapiro have both been prominent conservative commentators

The Harvard Law School graduate's podcast is downloaded more than 10 million times per month, with 70 percent of his audience being under the age of 40.