Well that didn’t last long.
Bob Beckel has been fired by Fox News just shortly after returning to air. Beckel, who plays the part of the “token liberal” on The Five left the network in mid 2015, but recently came back just as his show moved to a coveted prime time slot at 9PM. Ratings for the new prime time line up have not been great, as last week MSNBC enjoyed better ratings than Fox News.
According to Brian Steinberg, writing for Variety:
“Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee,” the network said in a statement.
The specifics surrounding his termination are not yet clear. We will update this story as more details emerge. But it looks like either Juan Williams is soon to get more air time on The Five or a new left-of-center commenter is about to get a new job.
Beckel has always been something of a loose cannon on live television, perhaps best evidenced by the now poignant “fuck off” during a stint on a 2012 episode of Hannity.