Fox Cancels Live New Year’s Eve Special in Times Square

by Samantha Whidden

As the rest of the country continues to deal with the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, Fox announced it canceled its New Year’s Eve special in Times Square.

According to Deadline, the network decided to pull the plug on its Fox’s New Year’s Ever Toast & Roast 2022 special, which Ken Jeong and Joel McHale were set to host. A Fox spokesman declared in a statement that while the network is confident in the health and safety protocols for the special, the recent increase of Omicron cases has made it impossible to produce a live special in Times Square. 

“We will not be moving forward with Fox’s New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast 2022 in New York,” the spokesman declared. “The health and safety of our casts and crews has always been, and will continue to be, of the utmost importance.”

Jeong and McHale also hosted the New Year’s Eve special in 2020. The show featured special guests like Kelly Osbourne and Craig Robinson. The network has yet to officially announce what is planning to replace the special with. But did state that it will reveal a backup prior to the holiday. 

ABC Is Continuing to Host New Year’s Eve Special ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest’ 

Although Fox has decided to cancel its New Year’s Eve plans, fellow network ABC is still planning to have its special. Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest will feature NCIS: Los Angeles star LL Cool J playing a pre-midnight set in Times Square. Meanwhile, Pose’s Billy Porter performs on the Mississippi River. Other performers are Chloe, Journey, and KAROL G.

Meanwhile, New York City has seen more than 77,000 COVID-19 cases from December 7th to December 20th. Despite the increased numbers, the number of deaths has significantly decreased. According to the data, only 94 people have been admitted to the hospital within the past seven days. However, there are 11 confirmed deaths in the seven-day data. This may be due to the City’s vaccination mandates, which require people ages five and older to show proof they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for indoor dining, indoor fitness, and indoor entertainment, and certain meeting spaces. 

Starting on December 27th, people ages 12 and older participating in public indoor actives are going to need to show proof they have received two vaccination doses. The exception is for those who have received one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The requirements will go into effect on January 29, 2022, for children ages 5 to 11. 

For proof of vaccination, people are able to show their CDC Vaccination; NYC Vaccination Record; NYC COVID Safe App; CLEAR Health Pass; and Excelsior Pass.