Fox News’ The Five host Juan Williams tests positive for coronavirus forcing the show to return to remote filming ‘for the foreseeable future’
- Williams is in isolation at a Washington D.C. hotel after his positive test
- He was in close contact with his Fox News co-hosts as recently as Wednesday
- The Five will be moving to a remote broadcast format for the time being
- Co-hosts on the show have not announced any plans to isolate or quarantine
- Williams reportedly went on vacation beginning on November 18. He returned to the show – and the Fox building – on November 30
The show has moved back to remote filming, which it had been doing from March to September before returning to the studio late in September.
Williams filmed the show as recently as Wednesday, meaning there is a chance his co-hosts and crew could have been exposed to the virus.
‘I’m not great but I’m not dying or anything,’ Williams told The Daily Beast.
Williams is now quarantining in a Washington D.C. hotel.
He added: ‘I’m worried about myself and my family. My wife doesn’t want me to come back to the house right now. On lots of levels it’s concerning.’
Fox News analyst Juan Williams is in isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus
He appeared on ‘The Five’ with his co-hosts as recently as Wednesday and tested positive Thursday evening, immediately moving to quarantine in a Washington D.C. hotel
Williams filmed ‘The Five’ live and in-person with Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld on Wednesday.
He even made headlines for his work that day, calling his co-hosts ‘shameful’ for pushing the baseless conspiracy theories Donald Trump has exalted about voter fraud.
Williams said he was concerned about the health of those around him after his positive result.
‘I’m just worried about my health and my family at this juncture,’ Williams said. ‘You have to guard against vagrant dark thoughts. The thing is what can do for you until things get bad?’
Williams admitted to being frightened, particularly over the health and safety of his family
Fox News didn’t comment directly on Williams’ positive test.
The channel said to the Daily Beast: ‘Since the start of the pandemic, FOX News Media has implemented strict company-wide protocols adhering to all CDC and state guidelines, including regular testing of all in studio on-air personalities, mask mandates and daily health assessments for all employees entering the building.
‘We will continue to take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our staff, including broadcasting via home studios for the foreseeable future.’
Williams reportedly went on vacation beginning on November 18. He returned to the show – and the Fox building – on November 30.
Despite the close contact with Williams, there have been no reports that the other co-hosts of ‘The Five’ are planning on isolating.
The show aired with remote tapings on Thursday, though an explanation for the shift in location was not provided on-air.
People are sending their well wishes to Williams on social media, with one user wishing for the best even though they’re ‘a Biden/Harris supporter.’
Leslie Marshall, a strategist who contributes to Fox News, also took to Twitter to wish Williams a speedy recovery.
‘The Five’ has been airing on Fox News since 2011, with a rotating cast of hosts since its inception.
Williams has been with Fox News since 1997, though he didn’t join the cast of ‘The Five’ until 2017.
Fox News has previously been criticized for their coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Forbes, a lawsuit was brought against the news channel in April for their downplaying of the coronavirus, which at least one personality called a ‘hoax.’