Bob Beckel was a Democrat operative who served on the presidential campaign of Walter Mondale. He later worked for CNN and eventually FOX News, where he was a panelist on The Five.
Beckel had some substance abuse issues that he struggled with and wrote about in a book.
He passed away this week at the age of 73.
FOX News reports:
Bob Beckel, former co-host of ‘The Five,’ dead at 73
Bob Beckel, a Democratic strategist and former co-host of “The Five,” has died at age 73.
Beckel first joined Fox News in 2000 as a contributor providing political analysis and rejoined the network in 2011 as one of the original hosts of “The Five.”
Columnist Cal Thomas posted on Facebook about Beckel’s death.
When “The Five” premiered in July 2011, it was only supposed to have a five-week run to temporarily fill the timeslot. Instead, the show stuck around and has become one of the highest-rated shows in all cable news.
Beckel was there during the inception of “The Five” with Dana Perino and Greg Gutfeld, who still co-host the long-running program.
In 2015, he briefly joined CNN but later returned to “The Five” to continue his role as the show’s outspoken liberal. Fox News severed ties with Beckel in 2017.
Sean Hannity paid tribute to his “dear friend” Monday night, saying “he and I got along great” despite their politics, saying he “had a key to my house” and that Hannity’s own children would call him “Uncle Bob.”
“He was always full of joy, happiness, light, sunshine. He loved God and Jesus and we miss him already. God bless you, God speed, Bob Beckel,” Hannity said.
Here’s the clip of Hannity talking to Ingraham about Beckel.
Very sad news. Bob Beckel has died. One of the few liberal pundits you can truly like and respect despite political disagreements. pic.twitter.com/iexY8lai7X
— Kevin Tober (@KevinTober94) February 22, 2022
RIP, Mr. Beckel.