06/26/2015 09:51 am ET

Bob Beckel Is 'Baffled' By Fox News' Announcement To Let Him Go

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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.