Beck was number 2 in his debut appearance on the list, behind TV legend Oprah and ahead of comedian Jay Leno. Beck was the #1 favorite among 64+ adults, Republicans, Independents, Conservatives, and Midwesterners. Oprah was #1 among Democrats and Jon Stewart was #1 among Liberals.
O’Reilly returned to the list at the #10 spot after being absent the year prior. He’d been in the top 10 for the seven consecutive years previous.
Related: Politico’s Michael Calderone reports that a new Beck biography by Alexander Zaitchik is due out in June.