Fox News Cuts Bob Beckel From 'The Five'

Bob Beckel - H 2014

Bob Beckel - H 2014

Beckel, who will depart the network, had not appeared on 'The Five' since February.

Fox News Channel has confirmed that Bob Beckel is leaving his role as co-host of The Five and will depart the network.

In a statement to TVNewser, Bill Shine, executive vp programming for Fox News, said: “We tried to work with Bob for months, but we couldn’t hold The Five hostage to one man’s personal issues. He took tremendous advantage of our generosity, empathy and goodwill, and we simply came to the end of the road with him. Juan Williams and Geraldo Rivera will be among those rotating on the show for the near future."

Beckel had not appeared on The Five since February, sparking questions and rumors about his health. In March, Greg Gutfeld responded to viewers' questions about Beckel’s absence, saying Beckel had undergone major back surgery.

TVNewser reported in April that Beckel was being treated for addiction to prescription pain medication, which he had used to treat pain before and after surgery.

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