Bob Beckel on His Drinking, Departure From Fox News

By Mark Joyella 

CNN political commentator Bob Beckel says his drinking was so bad, it’s a miracle he’s still alive. “I should’ve been gone a long time ago.”

In a conversation with CNN New Day co-anchor Alisyn Camerota, Beckel talks about his new book, “I Should Be Dead,” and how his life as a “raging drunk” led to repeated brushes with death. “I’ve been shot, I’ve been stabbed, I’ve been in two car accidents where everybody else died except me.”

Beckel also responded to what Camerota described as the “barbed statement” issued by Fox News when Beckel left the network and his role as part of the highly successful show, The Five. In June, the network said “we couldn’t hold The Five hostage to one man’s personal issues.”

Camerota asked “what were they talking about?” Beckel said he didn’t know, but added that he and the network signed a separation agreement that said “we weren’t going to say anything negative, and apparently one of their executives didn’t get the memo.”

Beckel added that Fox News Channel chairman Roger Ailes “saved me a long time ago and I never have a bad word to say about him.”

When we reached out to Fox News, the network said they did not violate any agreement with Beckel.