As New York has emerged as the epicenter of a new Covid wave driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant, it has taken over the city with high infection rates that shut down Broadway and lead to the cancellation of most in-person events.
It includes Fox’s New Year’s Toast & Roast 2022. The network earlier this week pulled the special stopper, stating that, even with strict health protocols, “the recent speed of the spread of Omicron’s cases has made it impossible to produce a Times Square special live that meets our standards.”
ABC, which broadcasts the most popular New Year’s special, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Party With Ryan Seacrest, took a wait-and-see approach, as he looks to New York City for guidance on celebrating New Year’s Eve in Times Square. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that the city will beWalk around on New Year’s Eve but with fewer revelers and stricter rules, including masks and social distancing.
In light of the city’s decision to keep the celebration going, ABC continues to move forward Rockin’ Eve 2022 While adhering to CDC/local protocols regarding attendance in Times Square. Last year, the special continued with small groups of first responders.
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Dick Clark. The show, hosted by Seacrest of Times Square, will present Rockin’ EveFirst Spanish language countdown, with Puerto Rico as the opening host destination. The special was produced by MRC Live and Alternative.