The saga of portly liberal Bob Beckel‘s split from Fox continues to send out mixed signals, with Beckel publicly praising Roger Ailes, the boss of the network that let him go last week.
To make clear I admire Roger Ailes He has stood by me thru some very difficult times He has been loyal and a good friend I thank him
— Robert G Beckel (@RobertGBeckel) June 26, 2015
Beckel, of course, is the former co-host for “The Five” who often played the liberal foil for his four co-panelists. He has not been on the show since February, when he disappeared with the official explanation of having surgery done on his back. It later turned out that he was in a drug rehab for addiction to prescription pain killers.
On Thursday came word that he’d been let go, and pretty publicly, with FOX News’ executive vice president of programming Bill Shine putting the blame squarely on Beckel.
“We tried to work it out with Bob for months, but we couldn’t hold ‘The Five’ hostage to one man’s personal issues,” Shine told TVNewser.
So, Beckel’s praise for Ailes is worth noting. Ailes, the chairman and CEO of Fox News, is Shine’s boss.
And Beckel’s unlikely fan base — conservatives who watch Fox but can still be comfortable with a guy they disagree with — were there to respond, and support him (for the most part).
@RobertGBeckel My prayer 4 u now is recovering from back surgery. I would have taken pain meds too. No one should suffer that kind of pain.
— Kathleen (@FanOfGreenMMs) June 26, 2015
@RobertGBeckel Sorry to see you go. Didn’t agree with you most of the time, but, I’ll miss you. God Bless.
— Dionisia (@di1881) June 28, 2015
@RobertGBeckel Hope you beat you’re demons Bob and I’ll miss you on The Five & Fox News even know I hardly ever agreed with you’re views.
— Ben Bruex (@Buffy619) June 27, 2015
@RobertGBeckel well if it’s any consolation, rarely agreed with you, the five now is just another show
— Greg Hartman (@ghartman02) June 26, 2015
Good wishes aside, conservatives are practical people. And many praised Beckel for a smart career move with the tweet.
@RobertGBeckel don’t burn bridges Robert, well done.
— james leslie (@cristoban411) June 27, 2015
@RobertGBeckel nice tweet….don’t ever burn your bridges.
— J Koben (@Jeff7069) June 27, 2015
Always good advice.
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