- The Washington Times - Friday, May 1, 2015

Fox News confirmed Thursday that “The Five” co-host Bob Beckel has entered a rehab facility to treat his addiction to prescription pain medication spurring from a back surgery he underwent several months ago.

Speculation had swirled at the network since Mr. Beckel was last seen on the “The Five” 11 weeks ago. He has been open on the show about his past struggles with alcohol and cocaine, admitting on-air in July 2011 that he was in recovery.

“Bob Beckel has entered a rehab facility for treatment of an addiction to prescription pain medication,” Fox News said in a Thursday statement provided to Mediaite. “His relapse developed over the last several months as he tried to cope with extensive back pain before and after he underwent major back surgery. We hope our viewers and the public will respect Bob’s privacy during this difficult time.”

Mr. Beckel’s employment status with the network, which stood by anchor Gregg Jarrett during his treatment for alcoholism following an arrest, remains unchanged, Mediaite reported.

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