Joel McHale and Ken Jeong will not be ringing in the new year on Fox.
The network has canceled its New Year’s Eve special – Fox’s New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast 2022 – due to the rising cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
A Fox spokesman said: “While we are confident in the health and safety protocols for Fox’s New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast 2022, the current velocity of the spread of Omicron cases has made it impossible to produce a live special in Times Square that meets our standards. We will not be moving forward with Fox’s New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast 2022 in New York. The health and safety of our casts and crews have always been, and will continue to be, of the utmost importance.” a Fox spokesman said.
The Masked Singer judge McHale and Jeong, who has worked with the doctor on the Fox unscripted series as a panelist, were set to reprise their 2020 new year’s special on 31 December.
Last year, the special featured the likes of Craig Robinson and Kelly Osbourne.
However, Fox has not yet revealed what it would replace the special with but said it would inform replacement programming in the upcoming days.
The New York Mayor “Bill de Blasio” will announce the city’s plans for the New Year’s Eve festivities in Times Square later this week.