- The Washington Times - Monday, January 16, 2017

Bob Beckel is rejoining the old gang at Fox News.

Eric Bolling, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Greg Gutfeld, and Dana Perino will once more complete casting for “The Five” with Mr. Beckel, who left in 2015 due to health issues and an addiction to painkillers. Juan Williams, a regular fixture on the show, will continue to make appearances.

“Bob was missed by many fans of The Five and we’re happy to welcome him back to the show,” Fox News Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch said in a statement released Monday.

Mr. Beckel said he is “thrilled for the opportunity to go home again and join my television family around the table of The Five. I have no doubt it will be a vigorous yet entertaining debate.”

“Welcoming my friend @BobBeckel back to @TheFive! Get ready Bob,” Ms. Guilfoyle tweeted after the announcement.

“The Five” has been one of the most popular cable television shows in its time slot since debuting in 2011. It has held the top ratings position for 66 straight months and attracted an average of 2.7 million viewers during the fourth quarter of 2016. 

Mr. Beckel’s return begins Monday night at 5 p.m. EST.

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