Former Founding Member Of “The Five” Dies at 73-Years-Old

Former Founding Member Of “The Five” Dies at 73-Years-Old

You loved to hate him, and you probably yelled at him through your TV a few times… Bob Beckel was probably one of the best “liberal” co-hosts that “The Five” has ever had.

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I was always so amused at how disgusted Kimberly Guilfoyle was every time Bob opened his mouth.

Sadly, today we got word that Bob has passed away, and while we didn’t agree with him politically, we’re sorry that he’s gone.

Bizpacreview reported that Bob Beckel, former co-host of “The Five” and longtime Democratic strategist, died Monday night at the age of 73.

Beckel had an intermittent career with Fox News after first joining the network in 2000 to provide political analysis based on his years of work with Democrat politicians. From 1977-1980, Beckel served as the youngest Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Carter Administration.

As national campaign manager for Walter Mondale’s 1984 presidential campaign, Beckel successfully led the former vice president to the Democratic nomination.

Beckel was a mainstay in the media over the years, appearing on national news programs like “NBC Nightly News,” “CBS This Morning,” and “Good Morning America” and “Nightline” on ABC. In addition to Sunday morning news shows like “Meet the Press” and “Face the Nation” Beckel made quite an impact when he became a founding co-host on “The Five.”

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Premiering in July 2011 on Fox News, the show was meant to be a temporary holder for the timeslot after Glenn Beck left the network to begin his own media company, The Blaze. Joined by current co-hosts Dana Perino and Greg Gutfeld, Beckel helped usher the program from a five-week run to one of the highest-rated shows in cable news.

Beckel also spent 10 years as a columnist for USA Today between 2005 and 2015 where he worked alongside Cal Thomas to produce “Common Ground.” Thomas remembered his longtime colleague and friend on social media.

Bob was definitely a force to be reckoned with in his heyday, but a battle with booze and a bad back impeded things later in his life.

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Nevertheless, I loved to “hate him” on “The Five,” and I wish his family peace as they go through this loss.

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