Bob Beckel in rehab for addiction; Fox News releases statement, fans wish him well

Fox News has confirmed that Bob Beckel, co-host of “The Five,” has been in drug rehabilitation for the past several months.

The Fox News resident liberal everyone loves to hate has been absent from the set of “The Five” since Feb. 16,  recovering from back surgery.

Bizpac Review has been reporting on his absence since early March.

Fox News confirmed that Beckel did undergo back surgery, but then relapsed into a pain medication addiction associated with the surgery.

“Bob Beckel has entered a rehab facility for treatment of an addiction to prescription pain medication,” the network’s spokesperson said in a statement Thursday. “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.”

Beckel has made no secret of past addictions to both drugs and alcohol.

Many of his fans wished him well on social media:

But one viewer attributed it all to progressive derangement syndrome:

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