Ex-Fox News Host Bob Beckel Dies At 73; Ran Walter Mondale’s 1984 Presidential Campaign

Former Fox News Channel host and long time political operative Bob Beckel has died at the age of 73. So far, his cause of death is not specified. 
The passing of the man who ran Walter Mondale’s unsuccessful 1984 Presidential campaign was revealed by old friend Cal Thomas on social media Monday evening. FNC’s Sean Hannity also announced “dear friend” Beckel’s death on his primetime show Monday.

After former Veep Mondale was soundly beaten by Ronald Reagan in a landslide, Democratic apparatchik Beckel put up his own lobbyist and consulting shingle. As well as becoming a constant on-air pundit and co-host of CNN’s Crossfire for three years during Bill Clinton’s Presidency, Beckel would fully jump on the campaign trail again in 2002 working for the Democrats’ Idaho nominee for U.S. Senate, Alan Blinken. However, he resigned after getting wrapped up in an extortion plot involving a sex worker.

In 2000, Beckel joined Fox News as a political analyst and one of the few self-described liberals featured on the conservative network. Almost a decade  later, Beckel became one of the original co-hosts of FNC’s The Five in 2011.

In 2015, a back surgery recovering Beckel was pink slipped by FNC. “We tried to work with Bob for months, but we couldn’t hold The Five hostage to one man’s personal issues,” said Fox News’ then-EVP Programming Bill Shine of the 2015 firing, which came after a four months absence of Beckel from the Rupert Murdoch-owned cable newser.

Beckel was often was vocal about battling addiction to alcohol and cocaine, On The Five in 2011, he spoke openly about being a recovering addict. He expanded on his journey to sobriety in his 2015 best selling book I Should Be Dead: My Life Surviving Politics, TV, and Addiction.

Following a brief stint on CNN, Beckel returned to Fox News in January 2017, but was in hot corporate water again due to him making racially charged remarks toward a Black employee. After an internal investigation, the decision was made to fire Beckel again in May 2017. The second firing occurred as came as  Fox News was still trying to move beyond the sex scandals and other misconduct by the likes of former top dog Robert Ailes and top host Bill O’Reilly, among others.

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