The Five (talk show)
|Presented by||Greg Gutfeld|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Fox News|
|Original network||Fox News Channel|
|Original release||July 11, 2011 –|
The Five is an American panel talk show on Fox News Channel featuring a panel who discusses current stories, political issues, and pop culture. The show premiered on July 11, 2011, replacing the Glenn Beck program, and airs on weeknights from 5:00-6:00 p.m. ET.
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." In the video section of Fox News website, it is promoted as "the hot topics that have everyone talking from the five voices that will have everyone listening."
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 have a single topic or multiple topics. The final block is a brief wrap-up segment called "One More Thing."
- 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, also host of The Daily Briefing
- Jesse Watters – Fox News correspondent and host of Watters' World
- Juan Williams – political analyst and former NPR contributor
The following hosts frequently alternate in the fifth spot alongside the four main hosts:
- Katie Pavlich – Fox News contributor, Townhall.com editor
- Emily Compagno – lawyer, Fox News contributor
- Lisa Kennedy Montgomery – host of Kennedy on Fox Business
- Lisa Boothe - Fox News contributor
- One More Thing: The hosts take turns sharing a final thought (on varying topics) before the show ends; some recurring elements within "One More Thing" itself include:
- Banned Phrases: Gutfeld bans a phrase commonly used in the news
- Dana's Corny Joke of the Day: Perino challenges her co-hosts to give the punchline to one or more silly G-rated jokes
- Greg's $TOPIC News/Animals Are Great: Formerly Gutfeld would present "exclusive footage" of someone from the news, which usually turned out to be a funny animal video, intended to mock or have fun with that particular person; the segment has since been replaced by "Animals Are Great"
- I Hate These People: Gutfeld expresses his hatred for a certain group of people
- Mom Texts: Watters reads critical texts he receives from his (politically liberal) mother while on-air; in one episode his mom was actually visiting him at the studio (and was shown on camera) as Watters read her texts
- Dana's Dos and Don'ts: Perino offers political or PR advice to someone in the news
- Greg's Monologue: Similar to his "Gregalogue" on Red Eye, Gutfeld opens his daily block with a comedic rant skewering newsmakers (frequently Hollywood, mainstream media or academia elites)
- Fan Mail Friday: Formerly "Facebook Friday," every Friday co-hosts answer questions from fans on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Fastest 7: A seven-minute segment where co-hosts offer quick-takes on (usually three) under-reported news items from the past week
- Wild Card Wednesday: Perino draws random news stories from a hat, and the panel takes turns briefly discussing them before moving on to the next randomly selected item; the stories are submitted by panel members
Reaction to the show among critics has been mostly positive, though the week it premiered, Alex Pareene, columnist for the liberal-progressive 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 a 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 was fired again by May 2017, 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.
Although Tantaros was still under contract with the cable network until early August 2017, she did not return to the Fox News airwaves.
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 aired during The Five's former 5 p.m. time slot. He was replaced by Jesse Watters. Bolling was suspended from Fox News in August 2017 over sexual-harassment allegations, and later fired. The Fox News Specialists was also canceled. Fox News then announced that The Five would replace The Specialists at 5:00.
Kimberly Guilfoyle involuntarily left Fox News on July 20, 2018, with one anonymous source stating she had been investigated for workplace misconduct and harassment. She then joined pro-Trump Super-PAC "America First" and campaigned in the midterm elections for Republicans. Following Guilfoyle's departure and release of allegations of misconduct at Fox, her attorney, John Singer, denied the accusations in a written statement. In the statement, Singer said: "Any accusations of Kimberly engaging in inappropriate work-place conduct are unequivocally baseless and have been viciously made by disgruntled and self-interested employees...Kimberly was beloved, well-respected, and supportive of anyone she ever met...".
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.
On February 27, 2017, the program was moved to Studio F with a graphics makeover.
In September 2017, The Five returned to its original 5 p.m. time slot to satisfy viewer preference.
The Five debuted in July 2011 to somewhat underwhelming ratings, but still handily won its time slot. The show gained broader success within weeks 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 live at 5:00 pm ET from Studio F 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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