As the token “liberal” on Fox News’ popular afternoon show The Five, Bob Beckel is not exactly beloved by a wide swath of the program’s audience. But now that he has been mysteriously missing from the round table for more than two weeks, viewers seem anxious to find out where he has been. And if he’s ever coming back.
Beckel has not appeared on The Five since Monday, February 16 and in the interim, fellow left-leaning Fox personalities Juan Williams and Julie Roginsky have been filling in for him.
This means that every day for the last two weeks at 5 p.m. some variation of this happens on Twitter:
— Conservatarian (@MarshallFSmith) March 2, 2015
Where the heck is Bob Beckel. I never agree with his views but he is missed
— jerry solberg (@snaggs42) March 2, 2015
— Timmy Suckmeister (@SUCKMEISTER) March 2, 2015
Where is Bob Beckel? @greggutfeld
— Dianne Peters (@Dianne_Peters) March 2, 2015
where is Bob Beckel is he on vacation or did he quit?
— Bob c122 (@bobfl1370) March 2, 2015
@TheFive Where is Bob Beckel??
— Holly Berry (@hollyberryusa46) March 2, 2015
@DanaPerino Where is Bob Beckel on The FIVE?
— GreenHealthTech (@GreenHealthTech) March 2, 2015
— MANLEY JONES (@Manley6Manley) March 2, 2015
— Chad Digirolamo (@parangoob) March 2, 2015
@DanaPerino where is Bob Beckel? He hasn't been on the Five for several weeks!
— Sharon Olmstead (@skolmstead1) March 2, 2015
— Cathie Ingram (@sctshnana) March 2, 2015
— Becky Ziegler (@bzbex) March 2, 2015
— skyefaerie (@oldbooksdolls) March 2, 2015
@TheFive What have you scoundrels done with Bob Beckel?
— Baby Maven Savant (@BabyMavenSavant) March 2, 2015
@bobbeckel I can not take this much longer ! Where are you ?
— diane demmings (@dianeinsfl) March 2, 2015
— 4lil (@fourliltadpoles) March 2, 2015
So where IS bob Beckel????
— RCP (@rcprwp) March 2, 2015
@DanaPerino I hope this isn't viewed as inappropriate question, is Bob Beckel OK?
— Mitch Hall (@MitchITW) March 2, 2015
#Where is Bob Beckel?
— Gloria Webster (@Georgiaglow) March 2, 2015
— Georgia (@CureOurCountry) March 2, 2015
And that’s just from today.
According to a Fox News spokesperson, Beckel has been out receiving and recovering from back surgery. But our reliable sources at Fox suggested to us that there is more to the story. We’ll see.
UPDATE — Mar. 4, 5:40 p.m. ET: Beckel has confirmed Fox’s version of the story on Twitter:
Thanks for the thousands tweets and five face book. I am in physical therapy on my back hope to be back soon. Send me tweet if u miss me
— Robert G Beckel (@RobertGBeckel) March 4, 2015
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