Kimberly Guilfoyle will be co-hosting “All-American New Year” live from Times Square tomorrow night at 10 pm ET. We caught up with the former prosecutor and First Lady of San Francisco to discuss her favorite New Years Eve, her top stories from 2014 and even her relationship with Bob Beckel.
TVNewser: Tomorrow night you’re co-hosting “All-American New Year” live from Times Square. Tell us what to expect from the special program.
Guilfoyle: I’m really excited about it. We have a different format this year, with five of us on top of the Knickerbocker Hotel, myself, Bob Beckel, Anna Kooiman, Jesse Watters, Kennedy, and it’s going to be a lot of fun. We have a great group, high energy. We’re definitely looking forward to it. You’re going to see a wide variety of things. We also have people that are part of the “Red Eye” show down as correspondents, so you’re going to have Sherrod Small, who is very, very funny and will be working the crowd. We also have Bernard McGuirk, Rick Leventhal and Joanne Nosuchinsky. It’s really a top, top lineup that we have and I think people are going to be excited about it. It’s looking good.
TVNewser: You’ve lived in L.A., San Francisco and NYC. Where was your craziest New Years eve spent?
Guilfoyle: When I was little growing up, I would love to watch the apple drop and I loved all the coverage in New York City. I kept thinking to myself, “one day I’m going to be there and experience all that energy and excitement in Times Square,” so for me its really been my New York New Years Eve experience that have been the most memorable. Of course San Francisco is a city that I love, I was born and raised in and had some great experiences there as First Lady of San Francisco but, this [NYC] has been the pinnacle. There is nothing like the energy down in Times Square with all the people from across the world. It’s almost like a United Nations event, seeing everyone coming together and forgetting about troubles and differences, just being there to enjoy the excitement and the moment.
TVNewser: What’s one story from 2014 left an impression on you that will last forever?
Guilfoyle: Well, we cover, obviously, a lot of hard news so the stories that have really resonated with me in 2014 have been stories having to do with national security and foreign policy. Kind of just watching the different stories develop with respect to ISIS and the Middle East and seeing how we kind of need to re-evaluate some of our strategies as a country and still remain present there while honoring our commitment to troop withdraw. It has been a complex year in terms of that. Also, if I can pick two, was definitely the Midterm election. There was a lot of excitement leading up to that, I love politics. I was involved I politics in San Francisco and being a part of that, covering the news as it happened on election night was pretty spectacular. Just to see the historic changes, with seats turning over, was pretty remarkable.
TVNewser: You made a name for yourself as a prosecutor in the infamous 2001 S.F. dog mauling case. What do you miss the most about being a prosecutor?
Guilfoyle: I miss the courtroom and connecting with the victims, victims of violent crime, children that have been abused… those are the cases that I was the most passionate about making a difference. When you go to bed at night, you wake up in the morning and you’re so proud. To be at the DA’s office, to be part of the solution of trying to bring some closure and bring justice to people. That is something that I definitely miss, but I do love being able to cover the news and tell the story, give insight and essentially open the courtroom doors to the public and the viewers of Fox News Channel to let them understand how the legal system works and we’ve had some incredible cases and opportunities to be able to do that.
TVNewser: What are you most looking forward to in 2015?
Guilfoyle: I want to see what happens to between me and Bob Beckel, I want to see if we can create the magic of last year. I want to see what kind of chemistry we’ve got going, things have been heating up.