Beckel, who offered a liberal counterpoint on the network's late-afternoon panel show "The Five," will return as a co-host of the 5 p.m. program, which he left in June of 2015. "Bob was missed by many fans of 'The Five' and we're happy to welcome him back to the show," said Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of Fox News Channel and its corporate parent, 21st Century Fox, in a prepared statement.
Beckel, who in the past served as a political consultant as well as a campaign manager for Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale, was one of the original co-hosts of the program. He left in 2015 while recuperating from back surgery in a split that was seen as less an amicable. "We tried to work with Bob for months, but we couldn't hold The Five hostage to one man's personal issues," said Bill Shine, who was then the network's executive vice president of programming,in a statement. "He took tremendous advantage of our generosity, empathy and goodwill and we simply came to the end of the road with him." Shine is now co-president of the network, along with Jack Abernethy.
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17. Anderson Cooper: $9 million to $11 million
Cooper has been hosting his CNN show "Anderson Cooper 360" since 2003.
It pays to move to Netflix. The former E! host reportedly signed a $10 million deal with Netflix consisting of several comedy specials and a talk show for the streaming service. Handler previously made between $8 million and $12 million for her E! show.
The "Good Morning America" cohost received a big pay bump in the last few years. In 2013, it was estimated she made $6 million per year. Roberts has been an anchor on "Good Morning America" since May 2005.
12. Conan O'Brien: $12 million
O'Brien's switch to TBS has proved more profitable than some of his late-night network competition. He has been hosting "Conan" since 2010 on the network. In May 2014, O'Brien signed a deal to stay on TBS through 2018.
11. Pat Sajak: $12 million
In 2013, Sajak told The Huffington Post he may be nearing the end of his time hosting the game show "Wheel of Fortune." But his time at the wheel isn't over just yet. Last year, Sajak renewed his contract through the 2017-2018 season.
Kelly is set to make $15 million in her last year at Fox News. The cable news network reportedly offered her more than $20 million to renew her contract. Despite being courted by rival news organizations, including NBC News, it became clear that they could not match Fox News' money, according to the The New York Times.
That likely means that NBC lured over Kelly with a broad, multi-year deal that would make her a star on its broadcast network — and hence give her a wider audience — with a salary landing between $15 million and $20 million.
5. Kelly Ripa: $16 million to $20 million
Ripa took over hosting duties on "Live!" in 2011 after the departure of Regis Philbin and is currently searching for a new cohost after Michael Strahan's recent exit to host on "Good Morning America" in April.
"I'm thrilled for the opportunity to go home again and join my television family around the table of 'The Five'," said Beckel, in a prepared statement. "I have no doubt it will be a vigorous yet entertaining debate."
"The Five" has been the most-watched cable-news program in its timeslot for 66 consecutive months, according to data from Nielsen. During the fourth quarter of 2016, "The Five" averaged 2.7 million viewers, beating CNN and MSNBC combined, while attracting 462,000 viewers between 25 and 54, the demographic most coveted by advertisers in news programming.
After he left "The Five," Beckel served as a contributor for a time at rival CNN.