A new primetime lineup for Fox News Channel meant major changes for some of the network’s current shows, including “The Five” which said goodbye to its co-host Eric Bolling.
Kimberly Guilfoyle, Bob Beckel, Dana Perino and Greg Gutfeld said goodbye to their longtime co-host on Friday in the program’s last 5:00 p.m. airing.
Beginning on Monday, “The Five” moves to the 9:00 p.m. timeslot while Bolling will remain at 5:00 p.m. to host his own show starting May 1.
“You guys have been great,” Bolling told his co-hosts. “I’m not going anywhere. The reality is, I’m staying right here at 5 o’clock. You guys are going to 9 and killing it. I’m sure it’s going to be amazing.”
During Friday’s farewell, “The Five” shared a montage of Bolling’s best moments on the weekday round-table show that debuted in 2011.
Guilfoyle sliced through a celebratory cake and presented Bolling with the first piece as they recalled their favorite moments together.
“I love you like a brother,” she said. ” Brother and sister I feel like we were in another life and I feel like we are in this one. God bless you. You’ve been such a huge part of the success of this show and the fans love you.”
Beckel said this was “a particularly difficult day” for him after Bolling told him he loved him and everyone on the show.
“I think it’s fair to say that all the arguments we’ve had we have never, ever had a cross word when we’ve left the studio,” Beckel said. “We really are going to miss you, man.”
Bolling was visibly emotional after Beckel’s touching tribute.
Guilfoyle concluded the segment by repeating Beckel’s opening expression that it was “bittersweet” to say goodbye to Bolling on “The Five” as he would step into his own show.
Jesse Watters, who presented “Watters World” segments on the former “The O’Reilly Factor” will be joining “The Five” as a permanent member.
— Jesse Watters (@jessebwatters) April 20, 2017
Fox News Channel revealed the new primetime lineup on Wednesday after a statement announcing it had cut Bill O’Reilly from the network. O’Reilly’s show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” aired its final episode Friday with Greg Gutfield sitting in for the embattled host who did not get a chance to say goodbye to his loyal fans.