Eric Thomas Bolling|
2 March 1963
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Education||Rollins College (BA)|
Eric Thomas Bolling (born March 2, 1963) is an American television personality, conservative political commentator, author, and financial commentator. He has occupied numerous roles as a commentator on financial issues for television, most notably for Fox News. Bolling took over as host of the Fox Business Channel news program Cashin' In in 2013. He was a co-host of Fox News Channel's The Five at its inception, until leaving to co-host Fox News Specialists in May 2017. In 2016, Bolling published his first book, Wake Up America, which became a New York Times best seller. In 2017 he wrote another book, The Swamp: Washington's Murky Pool of Corruption and Cronyism and How Trump Can Drain It.
On August 5, 2017, HuffPost reported that Bolling had sent unsolicited lewd photographs and text messages to three female colleagues several years previously. Fox News conducted an independent investigation and mutually agreed to part ways with Bolling the following month.
Bolling was born in Chicago and attended grade school at Queen of All Saints Basilica school and high school at Loyola Academy. In 1984 he graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, with a BA degree in economics. While at Rollins, Bolling played baseball. He was drafted in 1984 by the Pittsburgh Pirates. His baseball career was cut short by a torn rotator cuff injury.
After serving five years on the board of directors at the NYMEX (now CME Group), Bolling became a strategic adviser to the exchange's board of directors. He was included in Trader Monthly's Top 100 in 2005 and 2006. Bolling was the recipient of the Maybach Man of the Year Award at the Trader Monthly Awards, January 17, 2007.
Bolling was involved in developing CNBC's Fast Money. Bolling left CNBC in August 2007 and moved to the new Fox Business Network as one of the network's financial analysts. He hosted the business show Happy Hour, which ran opposite Fast Money in the 5 p.m. time slot.
In June 2011 on the Fox Business Network, Bolling criticized President Barack Obama's decision to meet with Gabon's president, Ali Bongo Ondimba, in the White House. Bolling remarked, "Guess who's coming to dinner? A dictator." He then went on to also criticize Obama for allowing rapper Common to appear in the White House a few weeks before, exclaiming "it's not the first time he's had a hoodlum in the hizzouse." Progressive group Media Matters criticized Bolling, saying "Calling the president of Gabon and Common 'hoods in the hizzy' is not colorful commentary, it is overt racism." Bolling at first defended himself on Twitter claiming that people were baselessly accusing him because he worked for Fox News. Bolling apologized for his comments, saying, "On Friday, we did a story about the president meeting with the president of Gabon. We got a little fast and loose with the language, and we know it's been interpreted as being disrespectful, and for that, I'm sorry."
Bolling served as a co-host of The Five on the Fox News Channel, a roundtable discussion of the top political and cultural stories of the day. Bolling and then co-host political pundit Bob Beckel were known to take strong opposing positions on issues, positions that led to heated exchanges. The two, however, have developed a mutual respect and friendship, and Bolling possibly saved Beckel's life in 2011 when he performed the Heimlich maneuver on him at a local restaurant. Bolling also serves as guest host on many of the most popular Fox News opinion shows such as Hannity and Fox & Friends (and had guested The O'Reilly Factor and The Glenn Beck Show).
It was announced on April 19, 2017, that as a result of the prime time lineup change with Bill O'Reilly's exit, The Five would be moving to the 9 p.m. time slot. The Fox News Specialists was created at the 5 p.m. time slot, replacing The Five, with Bolling serving as a co-host, alongside Katherine Timpf and Eboni Williams. The new program premiered on May 1, 2017.
Sexual harassment allegations and departure from Fox News
On August 4, 2017, HuffPost reported that several years before and on separate occasions, Bolling allegedly sent unsolicited lewd text messages and lewd photos to three female colleagues at Fox News or Fox Business Network. He is also accused of making "wildly inappropriate" comments to female employees. In response to the accusations, Fox News suspended Bolling pending the outcome of an investigation. Caroline Heldman, a former Fox News guest, alleged that Bolling made numerous unwanted sexual advances towards her. Bolling's attorney, Michael J. Bowe, responded that "no such unsolicited communications occurred" and that Bolling "will vigorously pursue his legal remedies" in response to the accusations. On August 9, 2017, Bolling filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit in New York against freelance writer Yashar Ali who wrote the story for the Huffington Post. Reacting to the suit, Ali stated that he stands by the accuracy of his story and will protect his sources. On September 8, 2017, the HuffPost reported that Bolling and Fox News had "amicably" parted ways. As a result of his departure, Fox News Specialists was canceled by the network.
Bolling is Catholic. He and his wife, Adrienne, had one son, Eric Chase Bolling. On September 9, 2017, Bolling's son, age 19, was found dead in Colorado. US Magazine said the death was "reportedly" a suicide. However, a statement issued by the Bolling family the day after Eric's death said, "Authorities have informed us there is no sign of self-harm at this point."
- Wake Up America: The Nine Virtues That Made Our Nation Great—and Why We Need Them More Than Ever (2016) ISBN 978-1250112507
- The Swamp: Washington's Murky Pool of Corruption and Cronyism and How Trump Can Drain It (2017) ISBN 978-1250150189
- "The Five : FOXNEWSW : March 10, 2014 2:00pm-3:01pm PDT : Free Streaming". March 10, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2017 – via Archive.org.
- Bolling, Eric (June 28, 2016). "Eric Bolling: It's grit that makes America great. It's time to stop whining and get to work". Fox News. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
- Ali, Yashar (September 8, 2017). "Eric Bolling Out At Fox News". HuffPost. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
- Carpenter, Mackenzie (July 25, 2010). "Ex-Pirates minor leaguer, Eric Bolling, talks bucks on Fox". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
- "Eric Bolling – Maybach Man of the Year". Trader Daily. January 17, 2007
- Shahid, Aliyah (June 14, 2011). "Eric Bolling, Fox Business Host, Apologizes for 'Racist' Obama 'Hoodlum In the Hizzouse' Comments". New York Daily News. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
- "Bob Beckel Choking: Says Roger Ailes, Eric Bolling Saved His Life". The Huffington Post. October 14, 2011.
- "Fox News Channel programming changes". Fox News. April 19, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
- Guthrie, Marisa (April 28, 2017). "Eboni K. Williams, Katherine Timpf and Eric Bolling to Host 5 p.m. Show on Fox News". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
- Ali, Yashar (August 4, 2017). "Fox News Host Sent Unsolicited Lewd Text Messages To Colleagues, Sources Say". HuffPost. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
- Ali, Yashar (August 5, 2017). "New Sexual Harassment Allegations Leveled Against Fox News' Eric Bolling". Huffington Post. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
- Feldman, Josh (August 5, 2017). "BREAKING: Eric Bolling Suspended from Fox News". www.mediaite.com. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
- Tornoe, Rob (August 5, 2017). "Hours after Fox News suspends Eric Bolling, an accuser comes forward". Philly.com. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
- "Fox News host Eric Bolling is suing a reporter for $50 million over story about sexual harassment allegations". Business Insider. August 9, 2017. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
- "Eric Bolling Plans to Sue HuffPost Contributor Yashar Ali Over Harassment Story (UPDATE)". www.mediaite.com. Retrieved 2017-08-10.
- Fox News: "What are 'The Five' giving up for Lent?" February 13, 2013
- "Fired Fox News Host Eric Bolling Releases Statement After Son Reportedly Commits Suicide". Retrieved September 9, 2017.
- "Eric Bolling's son dies hours after father loses Fox News job". Retrieved September 9, 2017.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)