He didn’t press the matter, though, and even said he supported fracking, the natural gas extraction process opposed by many environmentalists.
Gutfeld is the show’s alpha male.
‘‘When they called me, they said, ‘We have this idea for a show and it’s called ‘The One,''’’ he said. ‘‘And it would just be me. And I said, ‘I don’t know, maybe we should have some other people.’ And they said, ‘No, it would just be you.’ I think there are some good people at Fox.’’
He’s joking. Still, it(s hard to escape the feeling that he wouldn’t mind being the chosen one.
A day later, Gutfeld described the U.S. Supreme Court decision on gay marriage as a ‘‘huge conservative victory’’ because gays could no longer be denied the tradition of marriage. While that decision — seen as a significant victory for gay and lesbians who want to get married — was the lead story on most newscasts, it appeared on the middle of ‘‘The Five.’’ It came after discussions on Paula Deen, alleged wrongdoing at the IRS and New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner.
Perino used to ride the train to Washington at the end of the week with Beckel until they both got places in New York upon learning ‘‘The Five’’ would stick. She has set aside her political consulting work for ‘‘The Five.’’
‘‘When you’re a consultant, you’re a little bit worried about giving your opinion,’’ she said. ‘‘But when I realized it was going to be permanent, I was free to say whatever I wanted. That was a real freeing moment.’’
Beckel jokes about being the ‘‘crazy uncle’’ included in the dinner table conversation, and said producers never let him kick off the show because it would cut the audience in half. In a serious vein, he said there was some tension last fall when he was the only Obama supporter in a sea of Mitt Romney fans.
He seems to be having fun, though, enjoying the life of a TV star after many years in the political trenches.
‘‘It took the sharp elbows out of some of the conversations you can hear in other places on cable news,’’ he said. ‘‘We actually get along and laugh about things.’’
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