Drama on “The Five” ratcheted up to 100 after the Derek Chauvin verdict was announced on Tuesday.
Co-host Greg Gutfeld elicited some raised eyebrows from his colleagues and found himself in a heated exchange with Fox News contributor and former homicide detective Ted Williams immediately after Chauvin was found guilty on all counts in the death of George Floyd.
Gutfeld sparked groans from his colleagues on “The Five” Tuesday following the verdict in the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer. Chauvin was found guilty by a jury on second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd last year which triggered violent protests in the nation.
Gutfeld spoke on aspects of what was called a “polarizing case” and how quickly the jury delivered a verdict before contending that the only “division” over the case was because of the media’s “manufactured environment.”
“But this wasn’t a divisive case, and I think it’s a contrast between the reality of Americans who were experiencing this all at once and the manufactured environment of the people who create the news, which is that this reflects a racist country, it reflects racial division, it means the cops are all racist,” he said, slamming the created “perception of division.”
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“I’m just going to get really selfish,” Gutfeld continued. “I’m glad that he was found guilty on all charges, even if he might not be guilty of all charges. I am glad that he is guilty of all charges because I want a verdict that keeps this country from going up in flames.”
His stunned colleagues, who could be heard groaning off-camera, protested.
“Oh, my goodness,” Juan Williams responded.
“What do you mean? I’m at least being honest,” Gutfeld fired back. “My neighborhood was looted. I don’t ever want to go through that again.
Fox News host Jeanine Pirro confronted Gutfeld on his take.
“We do not sacrifice individuals for the sake of how people feel,” she responded emphatically as Gutfeld insisted, “I’m glad about the verdict.”
“The bottom line is, that courtroom is a place where the evidence is brought in, it is pristine in terms of the way it’s handled, everything outside of the courtroom does not enter it,” Pirro emphasized.
“So we were dealing with what we thought was a sense of extortion,” Gutfeld interjected, attempting to explain how the verdict was a sort of appeasement. “That if this didn’t go a certain way, I’m speaking the truth, if it didn’t go a certain way, there was going to be destruction. We know that. Why pretend otherwise? Come on.”
Ted Williams, brought on the show for expert analysis while en route to Minneapolis, later commented on Gutfeld’s remarks.
“You saw honorable police officers, they got on that stand and they told the truth. And I gotta tell you, I heard Greg a few minutes ago, and I gotta tell you, I don’t know — Greg is off his meds if he believes that there was not evidence, that’s what I’m saying,” he said.
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Gutfeld immediately exploded, “Excuse me?! What did you say? What did you say? Excuse me?!
“You’re lucky you’re not around here,” someone could be heard saying off-camera.
“This judge conducted a fair hearing,” Williams continued.
“That is not what I said,” Gutfeld interrupted.
“I’m not finished,” Williams shot back.
“You are finished,” was Gutfeld’s final response before Williams wrapped.