Fox News Channel confirms 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 vice president of 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.”As the liberal member of "The Five" Beckel frequently found himself in hot water for cussing or making innaproppriate statements. LIK3 proposed an end to visas for students from Muslim countries following the Boston Marathon bombings. On another occasion he drew heat from Asian-Americans using the word "Chinamen."
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.
Update: Beckel responded via twitter:
I am no longer on The Five or with Fox. Fox statement today baffles me. I will respond in the appropriate forum. I will miss you all.— Robert G Beckel (@RobertGBeckel) June 25, 2015
I just can't understand the anger in Fox statement. I was healing from major back surgery i could not walk, I took no advantage I got well— Robert G Beckel (@RobertGBeckel) June 26, 2015
Fox has been good to especially when I was healing. I guess I'll never understand their anger It is all so very sad— Robert G Beckel (@RobertGBeckel) June 26, 2015
I will miss Beckel he was very entertaining. The video below is one of Beckel's famous "F" Bombs do not play if you find it offensive...you have been warned.