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Bob Beckel ‘Baffled’ by Fox News Statement About His Departure

beckel_respondsAs we first reported earlier this afternoon, Fox News has parted ways with The Five co-host Bob Beckel.

Initially, the cable news outlet told Mediaite that the split was “amicable,” but shortly thereafter, Fox News exec Bill Shine released a statement saying The Five could no longer be held “hostage to one man’s personal issues.” (Beckel had been out for several months, recovering from surgery and undergoing rehab treatment for prescription medication addiction.) “He took tremendous advantage of our generosity, empathy and goodwill and we simply came to the end of the road with him,” Shine added, putting an end to the idea that this was “amicable.”

Beckel himself had been quiet until this evening, when he spoke out on Twitter:

This likely isn’t the last we’ll hear from Beckel on the matter.

UPDATE — 8:35 p.m. ET: And it wasn’t, because Beckel tweeted out hours later he couldn’t understand the “anger” in Fox’s statement:

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