Bob Beckel’s back! Fox News forgives and forgets, but will ‘The Five’ fans approve?

Reunited, but will it feel so good?

Fox News Channel announced Monday morning that Bob Beckel will return to “The Five!” effective the same day.

In making the announcement, Murdoch said, “Bob was missed by many fans of “The Five and we’re happy to welcome him back to the show.”

Beckel will replace Juan Williams on the the top-rated show, rejoining Eric Bolling, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Greg Gutfeld and Dana Perino. Williams will remain a Fox News contributor across all programs, including “The Five.”

The show has been number one in cable news during its 5 p.m. time-slot for 66 consecutive months in total viewers and 65 consecutive months in the 25-54 news demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to go home again and join my television family around the table of ‘The Five,'” Beckel said. “I have no doubt it will be a vigorous yet entertaining debate.”

The surly liberal was always good for ensuring lively debate on the show.

Beckel first joined “The Five” in 2011 as one of the originating co-hosts, but left the show in 2015 after reportedly encountering problems with substance abuse. He later joined CNN.

Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming for Fox, said at the time that the network would not hold the show “hostage to one man’s personal issues.”

After being booted, Beckel took to social media to say, “Where I go from here is in God’s hands.”

And while the split appeared to be contentious, Beckel would later say good things about then-Fox chief Roger Ailes. A move that appears to be paying dividends now.

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Tom Tillison

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