Juan Williams announces departure from The Five

Longtime political analyst and co-host of Fox News’s “The Five,” Juan Willimas announced on Wednesday that he is leaving the show, according to The Hill

Williams will continue his role as a contributor to the network but said during the “One More Thing” segment of the show that he plans to stay in Washington, D.C. after the show moves back to filming in Fox News Media’s headquarters in New York City.

The show is expected to take back up its residence in the studio in New York on June 1, which is likely the last the show will see of the longtime liberal co-host.

“COVID taught me a lot of lessons. As the show goes back to the New York studio, I’ll be staying in D.C.,” Williams said.“You know, it’s been going on seven years since I have been a daily host of this show,” Williams said. “The show’s popularity has grown every single year, so thank you. Thank you so much to you, the viewers. Thank you.”

Megan Albano, vice president of “The Five” and weekend programming confirmed to The Hill that Williams was indeed leaving the show and has cited his desire to stay close to family as his reason for not returning to New York.

“As Juan Williams announced on air today, he will be leaving The Five to live in Washington, DC full time. We are incredibly grateful for his commitment to the show and its success over the last several years,” Albano said.

“As we started planning The Five’s return to its New York City studio at our headquarters a few months ago, Juan decided to stay in Washington, DC permanently.

“We accommodated his request, understanding and appreciating his desire to remain closer to his family, recognizing that a remote co-hosting role on a roundtable in-studio program was not a long-term option,” she continued. “While we will miss his insightful contributions each night and look forward to welcoming him on set whenever he’s in New York, we are pleased to have him continue his longtime role as a senior political analyst with FOX News Media.”

The network said “The Five” plans to fill the role by using rotating liberal co-hosts until a replacement for Williams is named.