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Fox News hosts talk Biden, Critical Race Theory, and vaccines to mark the 10th anniversary of ‘The Five’: Q&A

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Fox News hosts Jesse Watters (left) and Dana Perino (right). John Lamparski/Getty Images “The Five” has long been an outlier in cable news, both in ratings and occasional controversy.

The daytime show was initially an experiment, but it developed a loyal following.

Longtime hosts Jesse Watters and Dana Perino spoke with Insider on its 10th anniversary.

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Stretched almost beyond recognition, head-to-toe portraits of Fox News hosts Dana Perino and Jesse Watters tower above newly returned tourists and office workers outside of the network’s Sixth Avenue headquarters in Manhattan.

More than a dozen floors above, Watters and Perino sat down in a conference room to discuss the 10th anniversary of their show, “The Five,” an unusually lighthearted and slightly raucous panel show with — you guessed it — five hosts.

The longtime co-hosts have some of the most loyal fans across cable news and conservative media, despite their show airing at 5 p.m. “The Five” has been the most watched cable news program in its hour since it launched 10 years ago in both overall ratings and the highly coveted 25 to 54 age cohort, averaging over 2.6 million total viewers in the second quarter of 2021, according to Nielsen ratings.Watters and Perino spoke to Insider about the show’s evolution over the past decade and how they view their responsibilities as cable news hosts in a polarized country. This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity. Insider’s Jake Lahut: If you […]

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