The Five (TV program)
|Presented by||Jesse Watters
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Fox News|
|Original network||Fox News Channel|
|Original release||July 11, 2011– present|
The Five is an American news and talk show on Fox News Channel featuring a rotating panel who discuss current stories, political issues, and pop culture. The show premiered on July 11, 2011, replacing the Glenn Beck program, and airs on weeknights at 9:00 p.m. ET. It originally aired at 5:00 p.m., before moving to primetime in April 2017.
On October 3, 2011, after successful ratings and high popularity, Fox News announced that The Five would become a permanent series, as the program had previously been announced to last only during the summer.
In 2013, The Five was the second-most-watched program in all of cable news in the United States, placing only behind The O'Reilly Factor, also on the Fox News Channel. The program has occasionally been the number one rated cable news series in the key 25 to 54 viewing demographic.
According to the initial Fox News press release announcing The Five, the show features a "roundtable ensemble of five rotating Fox personalities who [...] discuss, debate and at times debunk the hot news stories, controversies and issues of the day." Former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes said the format for the show was inspired by chat-oriented programs such as The View; it has also been compared to the "Great American Panel" segment on Fox News' Hannity.
The show is made up of six blocks. Each of the first five blocks is introduced, closed and loosely moderated by a different co-host. The co-host's block may be on a single topic or multiple topics. The final block is One More Thing: The co-hosts take turns sharing a final thought (on varying topics) before the show ends. The show's co-hosts are:
- Jesse Watters – Fox News correspondent and host of Watters' World
- Kimberly Guilfoyle – former prosecutor and legal analyst
- Greg Gutfeld – writer and host of Fox News' talk show The Greg Gutfeld Show
- Dana Perino – former White House Press Secretary during the George W. Bush administration
- Juan Williams – political analyst and former NPR contributor
Williams used to switch off with Bob Beckel sitting in the panel's "liberal" chair, with Geraldo Rivera frequently filling in for them. Richard Fowler has filled in for Williams since the latter permanently took Beckel's seat. Tom Shillue and Brian Kilmeade occasionally fill in for Greg Gutfeld. The show also features additional guests, including politicians, Fox News personalities, celebrities, and sports figures.
Eric Bolling was replaced by Watters when the former departed to start his own show. Conservative commentator Andrea Tantaros formerly sat in for Perino or Guilfoyle, before being moved to Outnumbered in 2014. Beckel was absent from the show for much of early 2015; it was later announced he had left Fox News. He returned to the panel in January 2017, but was fired again only months later.
Before permanently moving to primetime in 2017, The Five occasionally aired special primetime editions during special coverage.
- One More Thing: The hosts take turns sharing a final thought (on varying topics) before the show ends; Gutfeld's chosen topic is typically zany, such as his "Banned Phrases" or "I Hate These People!"
- Dana's Dos and Don'ts: Perino offers political or PR advice to someone in the news
- Dana's Corny Joke of the Day: Usually as part of "One More Thing," Perino challenges her co-hosts to give the punchline to one or more silly G-rated jokes
- Greg's Monologue: Similar to his "Gregalogue" on Red Eye, Gutfeld opens his daily block with a comedic rant skewering newsmakers (frequently Hollywood or academia elites)
- Kimberly's Food Court: Guilfoyle samples food from restaurants that have recently made the news
- Kimberly's Royal News: Guilfoyle reports on news items featuring the Royal Family, usually the Duke and/or Duchess of Cambridge, or Her Majesty the Queen
- Fastest 7: A seven-minute segment where co-hosts offer quick-takes on (usually three) underreported news items from the past week
- Political Lightning Round: Each co-host briefly shares a political story that may have been under-reported that day
- Facebook Friday: Co-hosts answer questions from fans on Facebook
- Music Cues: Formerly a gag by only Gutfeld, co-hosts of the show will frequently misidentify the artist performing the music leading into their segments
- "ONE! MORE! THING!": Beckel, who usually hosts the E-block, teases the One More Thing segment with stentorian gusto, frequently catching Guilfoyle off-guard.
Reaction to the show among critics has been mostly positive, though the week it premiered, Alex Pareene, columnist for the left-leaning website Salon.com, slammed it as "boring and lame" and "not even worth getting outraged about." Entertainment Weekly TV critic Ken Tucker dubbed the show his "favorite guilty pleasure" and praised its freewheeling style and zany humor, calling it "a delightfully nutty show with an undercurrent of ragin’ crazy." Mediaite's Frances Martel, examining cable news' shift toward more personality-driven commentary, praised The Five for adding an element of entertainment to the news: "Beyond having opinions, the new generation of cable news talk shows spearheaded by The Five have personalities, characters and character arcs that are worth tuning in for. ... Unlike the previous, host-driven generation of opinion shows, The Five adds a refreshing new element to cable news– a plot." The Daily Show with Jon Stewart would later take that line of thought to strange new places when "correspondent" Samantha Bee debuted her "one-woman show" about the supposed romantic subplot on The Five.
The show's "anything goes" attitude has led it into some minor controversies, particularly involving co-host Bob Beckel's on-air profanity and insensitive remarks. In August 2011, Beckel was forced to apologize on-air when, while trying to clarify an earlier remark wherein he called Michael Vick a "redneck," said the term was not racial, because "blacks are rednecks, whites are rednecks, I was a redneck, Chinamen are rednecks." Beckel was later compelled to apologize for using the term "Chinamen." Even the music the show's producers use to lead in and out of segments has raised hackles, such as an incident in 2011 that prompted a Twitter war between Adam Levine and various Fox News personalities, over producers' use of a Maroon 5 song. In April 2017, just two days after joining the show, co-host Jesse Watters came under scrutiny for an suggestive joke about the way Ivanka Trump was speaking into a microphone. The day after Watters made the comments, he announced that he would be "taking a vacation" for the remainder of the week amid calls for his firing.
After not being seen on air since early 2015, it was reported that Bob Beckel was recovering from back surgery. In April, Fox later released a statement informing viewers that Beckel entered a rehab facility for treatment of an addiction to prescription pain medication. Finally, on June 25, 2015, it was confirmed that Beckel had been fired from the network. While a Fox News spokesman initially stated that it was an amicable split, a Fox executive later stated that Fox "couldn’t hold The Five hostage to one man’s personal issues." On June 26, 2015, co-host Dana Perino briefly informed viewers of Beckel's departure with a terse statement at the end of the show. He was not mentioned on the show otherwise. Beckel returned as co-host of the Five in January 2017, but had been fired again by May, for allegedly making insensitive remarks to an African-American staffer at Fox.
In 2011, Tantaros was named a co-host of the hour-long, unscripted program, before going on to co-host Outnumbered in 2014.
On April 25, 2016, she was placed off-air, indefinitely, for what Fox News said were "contract issues."
In August 2016, Tantaros claimed that she approached Fox News executives about former Fox News executive Roger Ailes sexually harassing her in 2015. Tantaros said her allegations first resulted in her being demoted from The Five to Outnumbered, and then in her being taken off the air in April 2016 altogether. Additionally, Tantaros filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News that same month, claiming Bill O'Reilly, Dean Cain, and Scott Brown made inappropriate comments to her, and that Brown and Cain touched her without her consent.
Although Tantaros has yet to return to the Fox News airwaves, she is still under contract with the cable network until early August 2017.
Eric Bolling, who had been a show regular since the series' inception, announced on April 19, 2017 that he would be leaving to start work on a new afternoon talk show, The Fox News Specialists, which airs during The Five's former 5 p.m. time slot.
The Five debuted in July 2011 to lower ratings than the Glenn Beck program had been getting, but it still handily won its time slot. The show gained broader success within months of airing, some afternoons even rivaling Beck's former audience.
After only several months airing, The Five consistently beat its competitors on MSNBC and CNN combined, and ranked among the top ten cable-news shows. In addition, the show is paying off more with advertisers, who were reluctant to be associated with the controversial content of Glenn Beck's show.
The Five was the sixth-most-watched cable-news program during the latter half of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012; it had jumped to fourth place by the third quarter of 2012, pulling in especially high numbers during the 2012 Republican Convention. The Five drew 4.4 million viewers on Election Day 2012.
By 2013, The Five was the second-most-watched program in all of cable news, placing behind The O'Reilly Factor, though the show was eclipsed many nights by The Kelly File, which aired from 2013 to 2017.
The Five is recorded from a street-side studio at 1211 Avenue of the Americas (also known as the News Corp. Building), New York City. On February 27, 2017, The Five relocated to Studio F from its original filming location in Studio D.
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