For weeks now, Fox viewers have been wondering where The Five’s Bob Beckel has been. Now, the truth has finally been revealed.
Beckel hasn’t been seen on the show since February 16, and rumors have been swirling as to where he is. The original story was that Beckel was recovery from back surgery, but on Thursday, Fox finally admitted that he is currently in rehab for addiction to pain medication.
“Bob Beckel has entered a rehab facility for treatment of an addiction to prescription pain medication,” Fox said in a statement, according to Mediaite. “His relapse developed over the last several months as he tried to cope with extensive back pain before and after he underwent major back surgery. We hope our viewers and the public will respect Bob’s privacy during this difficult time.”
Beckel has been open in the past about his addiction to drugs. It looks like this is yet another bump in the road for The Five’s resident liberal pundit.
There is no word as of now as to if or when Beckel will return to Fox.