We're starting to lose count.
Fox News' resident liberal and potty-mouth extraordinaire dropped another f-bomb on Wednesday's "The Five." This time, at least, it seemed to be somewhat provoked, after Beckel's co-host Eric Bolling hit his arm.
During a discussion on presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's newly announced vice presidential pick Rep., Beckel suggested that Romney was letting Ryan overshadow him on the campaign trail. Bolling started to speak, and punched Beckel's arm when the liberal host started to interrupt him.
In response, Beckel said, "You know, you do that one more time, you're fucking—" Beckel immediately put his hand over his mouth and had what was clearly a mini-freakout —eyes popping, mortified expression, entire body slumping down — as his colleagues gasped. Beckel quickly apologized but noted that Bolling "just hit [him] in the arm."
"I'm apologize, I shouldn't have done that," Bolling said.
When the show returned from commercial break, Bolling added to his apology. "Well we had a little verbal slip-up last block. I want to let everyone know I smacked Bob, I hit him, I hit him hard, I shouldn't have done it. I take full unmitigated responsibility for that," he said.
Beckel later added $20 to his on-air swear jar. "I have a difficult time holding my emotions in...I've tried, and I continue to try...I hope you'll forgive me. Change is not easy," he said. Bolling also added a $100 bill since he contributed to what Beckel described as his "outburst."