Fox said it canceled its planned New Year’s Eve special because of the fast-spreading variant of the COVID virus.
“While we are confident in the health and safety protocols for Fox’s New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast 2022, the recent velocity of the spread of Omicron cases has made it impossible to produce a live special in Times Square that meets our standards,” Fox said in a statement about not moving forward with producing the show in New York.
“The health and safety of our casts and crews has always been, and will continue to be, of the utmost importance. Replacement programming for New Year’s Eve on Fox will be announced in the coming days,” Fox said.
Fox’s special was scheduled to be hosted by Ken Jeong and Joel McHale, with special correspondent Kelly Osbourne.
The network was working with iHeartRadio to provide performances from Billy Idol, Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5 and Pink.
Trace Adkins, the star of Fox’s upcoming series set in the world of country music, Monarch, was also expected to perform.
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