Juan Williams announced on-air Wednesday that he is quitting the Fox News panel show The Five after seven years with the program.
According to The Hill, the liberal co-host thanked viewers during what he revealed was his final episode, but he said he will keep his job as a Fox News analyst.
“You know, it’s been going on seven years since I have been a daily host of this show,” Williams said. “The show’s popularity has grown every single year, so thank you. Thank you so much to you, the viewers. Thank you.”
Williams to work from home
Williams, who lives in Washington, D.C., said he will continue to work for Fox News from home rather than commute as The Five begins filming again in its New York studio on June 1, reports noted. The show switched to a remote format after Williams came down with COVID-19 in December.
“COVID taught me a lot of lessons,” he said, according to USA Today.
Juan Williams announces that today is his last day hosting The Five. He will stay in DC as the show moves to NYC and continue his work as a Fox News analyst. pic.twitter.com/vRlJR4ZNEp
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 26, 2021
Co-hosts say goodbye
The left-leaning co-host became known for his often contentious exchanges with the show’s more conservative hosts, especially the pugnacious Greg Gutfeld. But there were no hard feelings Wednesday as Williams’ fellow hosts gave him a sentimental sendoff.
Co-host Dana Perino surprised Williams with a montage of moments from his time on the show and said she would miss working with him. “It’s a real honor and pleasure to work with you, Juan. You made a good decision for yourself and for your family. You will be missed but not too far away. I bet you’re going to be on America’s Newsroom,” she said, according to USA Today.
Co-host Jesse Waters cut in with one last ribbing. “Maybe not Watters’ World,” he said, as USA Today reported. “I’m going to miss you, Juan, but maybe we’ll see each other at the Black Eyed Peas concert.” Gutfeld merely said: “Still a terrible band.”
A look ahead
According to the Daily Beast, there has been tension behind the scenes between Williams and Gutfeld, who has been pushing to get back in the studio.
In a statement, Megan Albano, vice president of The Five and weekend programming, thanked Williams for his dedication to the show. “While we will miss his insightful contributions each night and look forward to welcoming him on set whenever he’s in New York, we are pleased to have him continue his longtime role as a senior political analyst with FOX News Media,” she said, according to The Hill.
The Five will rotate through liberal guests until they find a permanent replacement for Williams.