Fox News Channel is planning a block of special New Year’s Eve coverage for Saturday night, with last year’s popular duo of Eric Bolling and Kimberly Guilfoyle returning to ring in 2017 from Times Square.
While the hosts and venue will be the same, Bolling said viewers of this year’s All-American New Year can expect to be immersed in the festivities on the ground.
“Last year we were up on top of the Knickerbocker Hotel overlooking Times Square,” he said in an interview with Western Journalism.
This year, he said they will be “part of the celebration versus describing the celebration.”
In preparation for 2015’s live show, Bolling said he and Guilfoyle were struck by the energy they felt as they made their way through Times Square. The pair decided they wanted to make that experience the basis for New Year’s Eve 2016.
“We pitched to the producers and the producers agreed, so we’re going to be right down in the middle of the action this year,” he said. “We’ll be walking around, talking to people. We’re going to be talking to people who come from around the world. We’ll also be talking to some of the talent and acts that are going to be performing.”
Bolling said he looks forward to “a fantastic time” with Guilfoyle, his colleague throughout the week on Fox News’ afternoon program The Five.
Shortly after last month’s election, both were subject to speculation regarding possible positions in the Trump administration. For his part, Bolling said he is happy where he is.
“I’m very close with the Trump organization,” he said. “I’ve known Donald Trump for 15 years. I’m on The Five, I love it here and we’re going to crush it in the ratings.”
He went on to describe the “great on-air relationship” he has with Guilfoyle, noting Saturday evening will give them — and the audience — a break from the political coverage that has dominated much of the cable news landscape throughout campaign season.
“For the past almost two years now, we’ve been in the middle of a presidential election cycle,” Bolling said. “And so it’s really heavy politics for most of the shows on The Five.”
In anticipation of the new year, though, he said the focus will be on “some culture, some fun, some Hollywood, some celebrity, some laughs and some champagne.”
Live coverage will begin at 8 p.m. Eastern with network hosts Jesse Watters and Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery taking the helm until Bolling and Guilfoyle go on air two hours later.
Special guests will be introduced throughout the evening, with President-elect Donald Trump among those invited to return after making an appearance during last year’s coverage.
“The calls are out and you’ll have to tune in to find out if he’s going to be there or not,” Bolling said. “Remember, he’s a lot busier this year than he was last year, picking out his cabinet.”
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