As part of its revamped lineup, Fox Business brought Bulls & Bears back in the 5 p.m. hour, with David Asman now the host.
During Monday’s premiere on FBN, each panelist shared his/her fond memories of the original show, and paid homage to its late founder and original host Brenda Buttner, who passed away last year at the age of 55 after battling cancer for over a year.
FBN’s Dagen McDowell who hosted the show during Buttner’s medical leave, offered an especially emotional tribute:
“Before we end this segment we would be remiss if we did not mention our late friend Brenda Buttner. Brenda hosted the original Bulls & Bears which launched in 2000 on our sister network the Fox News Channel. And this show would not exist without her. She gave Bulls & Bears life with her brains, her spirit, her humor, and her heart. She is a huge reason this show still has a large, loyal following. I had the honor of hosting the show in 2016 after her illness made it impossible for her to fill that role- but everyone here still loves her and misses her every day. And David, I know you’re going to continue to do this show proud.”
FBN contributor John Layfield later revealed that he had met his wife, Meredith, on Bulls & Bears; in the same studio, no less.
McDowell: And she loved her fellas, John, too because you met your wife on Bulls & Bears.
Layfield: That’s right. In this studio in 2003 on Bulls & Bears with Brenda Buttner. And Brenda was very important in both Meredith and I’s life.
Buttner joined Fox News in 2000, and joined the network after a number of years at CNBC, hosting The Money Club, and serving as CNBC’s Washington correspondent from 1990-1998.