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Sunday, July 11th will mark the 10-year anniversary of Fox News’ “The Five,” a hit talk show that’s kind of like “The View,” except that it contains substantive discussions among grown adults instead of mindless rambling among the deranged.
The first episode of “The Five” aired on July 11th, 2011, with a planned five-week temporary run. Ten years later, it’s now “outlasted everything from ’24’ to ‘Lost’ to Brian Stelter’s hair,” according to original cast member Greg Gutfeld.
And yes, it’s true, CNN’s Brian Stelter once had hair, as seen in the tweet below:
On #CSPAN40 day 🎉 I remembered that one of my very first times on TV was on @CSPAN. The network brought speakers to DC-area high schools. I intro’ed Juan Williams. There’s something magical about all the random events it televises… plus an archive going back decades! #IHadHair pic.twitter.com/Ivyo2mSQC8
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 19, 2019
Notice what he wrote: That he’d appeared on CSPAN decades ago to introduce Juan Williams. That’s interesting, because Williams was also an original cast member of “The Five” (he was the lone liberal), up until he resigned from his post just two months ago.
While he claimed he was resigning because he’d gotten used to staying in Washington, D.C., during the show’s remote airings amid the coronavirus pandemic, some believe his resignation was spurred by a particularly heated feud between him and Gutfeld.
As of the show’s 10-year anniversary, only three of its original hosts remained — Gutfeld, Dana Perino, and of course Jesse Watters. Everybody else was long gone.
And so for the anniversary show, which aired Thursday, Geraldo Rivera and Dagen McDowell were brought in as guest hosts. They’ve been serving in this role on and off since 2015 and 2018, respectively, according to IMDB records.
What followed was an hour of some of the show’s usual discussions coupled with some fun via a trivia game and even some carnival games.
Watch the trivia game below:
(Video: Fox News)
Hilariously enough, it seemed like Rivera constantly offered the worst answer.
For “What was the first word Greg banned?” he answered with “woke.” The problem is that “woke” is a relatively recent word, and “The Five” is 10 years old.
For “How many times has Dana cursed on the air?” he answered with “one.” The problem is that Perino ain’t that innocent.
And for “What topic was being discussed when [Jesse Watters] first asked Dana to squeeze [his] hand?” Rivera answered with “panic.” What does that even mean?
Like Williams, Rivera is also a liberal — one who’s made a name for himself on “The Five” and other Fox News shows for erupting into rage at his conservative colleagues.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 27, 2018
Toward the end of the anniversary episode, the hosts and co-hosts played carnival games that were planned by Perino.
Ironically, Watters destroyed Perino on the first two games (the basketball game, and the hammer game). Meanwhile, McDowell came out on top with the final game, “Balloon Blast.” To finish off the festivities, the hosts then ate some cotton candy.
It’s not hard to see why the show has thrived for so long.
“I think you are very unpredictable, and I think the writing’s excellent, and I think you come up with great notions. And I like the chemistry, obviously, between you three main characters. You’ve become superstars and in this universe. It is without question, unequivocally, a huge smash, a big hit,” according to Rivera.
During the Thursday airing of Gutfeld’s own program, “Gutfeld!“, he zeroed in on the exact reason why the show has been so successful.
“[T]he reason for ‘The Five’s’ success, Fox’s success, and this show’s success is risk. We are taking a risk every day, to tell you the truth — when the truth is under fire. We are the first responders to bulls–t,” he said.
Virtually every other news program and talk show, including “The View,” closely tows the establishment line on every single issue, be it on race relations, on critical race theory, on the coronavirus or on former President Donald Trump.
And so, as a show on a conservative network and stocked with mostly conservative hosts who’re unafraid to challenge mainstream groupthink, “The Five” stands out from the crowd as something genuinely fresh and unique.
“[T]here’s a very unique role that ‘The Five’ plays today. It’s a live show, in which people speak their minds. Which is as dangerous, these days, as walking a tightrope between two skyscrapers in heels basted in butter,” Gutfeld noted.
“We are and have been, at the forefront of cancel culture. We saw it coming because it came to us early on. In this day and age, there is a cottage industry based on the dopamine hit one gets from attacking strangers. It’s a potshot theater on Twitter, where people wait to pounce on us – for saying something honest. Because honesty is what gets you in trouble,” he added.
True, though honesty is also what makes for greatness, as Gutfeld and his peers can clearly attest to.
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