Bob Beckel said Thursday that Fox News' announcement that the network was letting him go "baffles" him.
Beckel, a longtime co-host of "The Five" who has been with Fox News since 2000, took a leave of absence in February to undergo back surgery. The network also revealed that he was later admitted into rehab for an addiction to prescription pain medication, which developed after the surgery.
On Thursday, Fox News announced that it would continue "The Five" without Beckel.
"We tried to work with Bob for months, but we couldn't hold 'The Five' hostage to one man's personal issues," said Bill Shine, Fox News' senior executive vice president of programming. "He took tremendous advantage of our generosity, empathy and goodwill and we simply came to the end of the road with him."
Beckel confirmed the news on Twitter Thursday evening, but expressed his discontent and shock with the network's statement.
I am no longer on The Five or with Fox. Fox statement today baffles me. I will respond in the appropriate forum. I will miss you all.
— Robert G Beckel (@RobertGBeckel) June 25, 2015
I just can't understand the anger in Fox statement. I was healing from major back surgery i could not walk, I took no advantage I got well
Fox has been good to especially when I was healing. I guess I'll never understand their anger It is all so very sad
Thank u for thousands of Tweets not angry but very very sad Where I go from here is in Gods hands