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After years of battling his fellow co-hosts and getting the facts wrong over and over again, near-legendary Fox News political analyst Juan Williams is out.

At Fox News’ “The Five” that is.

Although Williams will still remain a Fox News political analyst, no longer will he be featured on “The Five” where he’s built a reputation for being the resident liberal — and an awfully combative and often fact-free one, to boot.

He announced his departure during Wednesday’s episode of the popular talk show.

“This is my last day hosting ‘The Five.’ COVID taught me a lot of lessons. As the show goes back to the New York studio, I’ll be staying in DC. I will be working for FOX out of Washington. My work as a FOX News political analyst will continue,” he said.

“You know it’s been going on seven years since I have been a daily host of this show. The show’s popularity has grown every single year so thank you. Thank you so much, to you, the viewers. Thank you,” he added.

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(Video: Fox News)

The official story is that Fox News, which has been practicing social distancing by filming each contributor remotely, is returning the crew to its official studios in New York City.

“As we started planning The Five’s return to its New York City studio at our headquarters a few months ago, Juan decided to stay in Washington, DC permanently,” Megan Albano, the vice president for Fox News’ Weekend Primetime and “The Five,” said in a statement.

“We accommodated his request, understanding and appreciating his desire to remain closer to his family and recognizing that a remote co-hosting role on a roundtable in-studio program was not a long-term option,” she added.

Albano also gave a shout-out to Williams for his years of “insightful contributions.”

“We are incredibly grateful for his commitment to the show and its success over the last several years. … While we will miss his insightful contributions each night and look forward to welcoming him on set whenever he’s in New York, we are pleased to have him continue his longtime role as a senior political analyst with Fox News Media,” she said.

Below is a list of some of his most notorious “insightful contributions”:

  1. He claimed last year’s BLM riots never happened.
  2. He claimed there’s no labor shortage or inflation.
  3. He claimed cancel culture is OK when his side perpetrates it.
  4. He claimed then-President Donald Trump was wrong to attend the 2020 March for Life.
  5. He claimed West Point cadets using the innocuous OK symbol were white supremacists.

So “insightful” …

Not everybody will miss his “insightful contributions.” Over on Twitter, there seemed to be an air of celebration among conservatives.

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However, conservatives are mistaken if they think “The Five” is about to become an echo chamber devoid of any dissenting opinions.

Fox News reportedly intends to rotate “liberal co-hosts” in Williams’ place until a permanent liberal co-host is chosen.

This is being done to keep “The Five” from becoming a CNN- or MSNBC-like echo chamber where everybody thinks and acts in lockstep.

All this said, rumors have emerged that Williams’ departure from “The Five” is about more than him choosing to remain in D.C.

Insider sources within Fox News claimed to The Daily Beast, which is admittedly a left-wing outlet, that co-host Greg Gutfeld, with whom Williams had feuded quite passionately recently, was partly responsible for his departure.

“Besides having near-daily shoutfests with Williams during Five broadcasts, Gutfeld was also outspoken both behind the scenes and on the air about his desire that the program fully return to the studio,” the outlet reported.

“One network insider told The Daily Beast that Gutfeld had been pushing Albano for a while to get Williams removed from The Five, adding that Gutfeld was ‘really pissed they’re not all back in the studio together and he blames Juan for not being back,'” it added.

It is worth noting that a Fox News spokesperson denied that Gutfeld “had anything to do with the move whatsoever,” pointing to a statement from showrunner Megan Albano who indicated that Williams wanted to remain in DC.

The most recent shoutfest occurred late last month when Gutfeld slammed Williams’ dismissive attitude toward the devastating, deadly crime wave that’s currently rocking America’s big cities.

“Juan, only you would laugh about murder,” he had said in disgust.

The Daily Beast’s sources further claimed that the two’s long-time political beef had begun to become personal.

“Furthermore, Gutfeld and Williams rarely ever spoke with one another off-set, going to great lengths to avoid interacting with each other, something both former and current Fox employees could attest to,” the site reported.

“It doesn’t surprise me that much. Gutfeld has been a rising star at Fox for some time and Juan has been known to get in some pretty heated debates. So with those two egos going at each other regularly, I could see it happening,” a former Fox News staffer reportedly said.

While it doesn’t appear Williams will be missed by all, there’s no denying that he’d possessed a skill so often lacking these days — namely the ability to surround himself with and remain good friends with people with whom he so fervently disagreed.

Hopefully, despite his recent tiffs with Gutfeld, he still has this skill …

Vivek Saxena

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