April 13, 2017 11:15 AM EDT

Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren said that she wants to move on with her career after filing a wrongful termination lawsuit against the Blaze.

After Lahren said that she supports abortion rights on The View, she claims the conservative online news network suspended her show. Lahren said that she was then fired by The Blaze and filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the media company and its owner Glenn Beck. But The Blaze said that it still employs the 24-year-old commentator . “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,” a spokesperson for the Blaze said in a statement.

Lahren spoke out publicly on television for the first time in an interview with ABC’s Nightline, which aired this week. There, she asked Beck and his company to let her go as she says she is no longer allowed on air. “I get up in the morning and I don’t have a job to go to,” she said. “To my former employer I would just say let me go.” She continued, “Let me move on.” Lahren admitted, however, that Beck’s company is still paying her.

“I’m deeply hurt by what has happened, but if this is the way that it is, let’s just part ways cleanly. I just want to work and have the freedom to put my voice out there,” Lahren said. “This is my job. This is my life. Without that, I feel lost.”

“I’m not the kind of girl that sits in the corner and cries about things,” she added. “I don’t consider myself a feminist, but boy, I will not lay down and play dead — ever.”

A spokesperson for The Blaze did not immediately respond to Motto‘s request for comment.

Lahren also clarified her stance on abortion. She said that she would never personally get the procedure, but said that she believes women should have the choice in the first trimester of pregnancy. “I believe you can be anti-abortion and pro-choice, and that’s where I sit,” she said. “We need to approach these issues with the upmost compassion for young women that are going through an experience that — luckily — I’ve never had to go through.”

Watch the full interview at ABC.


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