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Report: Gutfeld Pressure May Have Pushed Williams to Quit ‘The Five’

Williams announced last week he would be leaving the program when it returns to NYC for production

Eduardo Razo

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Juan Williams announced last week he was leaving his co-host position on Fox News’ program, “The Five.” Williams cited being closer to family in Washington D.C. as the show was ready to begin recording at its studio at Fox News Media’s headquarters in New York City.

However, family reasons might not be the only reason that Williams departed the show. According to The Daily Beast, “multiple sources familiar with the matter” revealed that the run-ins with colleague Greg Gutfeld were a reason for Williams’ departure.

The report states that Gutfeld wanted “The Five” to return to the studio for its recording and felt that the only reason they were shooting remote was due to Williams, who had contracted COVID-19 last December

One network insider revealed to The Daily Beast that Gutfeld was “really pissed they’re not all back in the studio together, and he blames Juan for not being back.” 

An ex-Fox News producer stated they were “very confident” that Gutfeld was behind Williams’ exit. Then there’s a current staffer on the network who added, “[Gutfeld’s] been wanting the show back in the studio for quite some time.”

“It doesn’t surprise me that much,” another former Fox News staffer said. “Gutfeld has been a rising star at Fox for some time, and Juan has been known to get in some pretty heated debates. So with those two egos going at each other regularly, I could see it happening.”

Despite these claims, a Fox News spokesperson debunked these rumors of Gutfeld having anything to do with Williams’ departure. “Gutfeld had nothing to do with the move whatsoever,” the spokesperson said. Furthermore, they referred to the comments made by showrunner Megan Albano as the reason Williams left. 

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  1. Bunny

    May 31, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    Why are you blaming Greg for Juan’s leaving The Five. Juan became extremely argumentative with Greg, Jessie, Dagon and Katie. For the past month Juan had a resting bitch face everyday, he would shake his head and roll his eyes! He would come up with such ridiculous comments and pure made up lies. If you would ask all the fans what they think of Juan leaving you would get mostly we are glad he is no longer on The Five👍

  2. Ann Marie

    May 31, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    I am delighted that Juan is leaving the five. I really did not like his expressions on his face when
    he didn’t like what he was hearing. He is a screwed up democrat so go and don’t let the door hit
    you.

  3. Loren Cardin

    June 1, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    Why blame everyone else. He did it to himself. Everything was everyone else’s fault or Trump’s fault while he was on the Five. He was horrible.

  4. Linda Curzon

    June 1, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    I am over the moon for his departure. I had almost stopped watching the show. He did roll his eyes shake his head when anyone else spoke. An obnoxious Democrat . Thank you so much for side lining him on this show.

  5. Sue

    June 1, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    I detested Juan. He should have been removed years ago. The lies he spoke were sickening. Most times he spoke I muted the TV. The faces he made were rude and uncalled for. Glad you are gone and I hope never to see you on Fox again.

  6. PSF

    June 1, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    I really do not watch the Lies….oh I mean the five…🤣

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