“五个” co-hosts Greg Gutfeld, 达娜·佩里诺（Dana Perino）, 杰西·沃特斯, Judge Jeanine Pirro and Jessica Tarlov kicked off the event and were accompanied by Cardinal Dolan, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Fox News contributor Reverend Jacques DeGraff, and members of the FDNY and the NYPD, both who quickly responded to the arson attack.
福克斯新闻’ Lawrence Jones and Abby Horancek, who co-hosted the first tree-lighting ceremony, also returned alongside Steve Doocy, 安斯利·厄哈特（Ainsley Earhardt）, 珍妮丝·迪恩, 迈克·罗, 皮特·赫格斯, 雷切尔·坎波斯·达菲, Todd Piro and Carley Shimkus.
In a memo to staffers on Wednesday, FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott announced that a new tree would be rebuilt and expressed gratitude towards FDNY and the NYPD for their quick response to the attack and for apprehending the alleged arsonist.
“We will not let this deliberate and brazen act of cowardice deter us,” Scott wrote. “We are in the process of rebuilding and installing a new tree as a message that there can be peace, light and joy even during a dark moment like this.”
Both FOX News Media and Fox Corporation have made a $ 100,000 donation to Answer the Call which provides financial assistance to the families of fallen service members of the FDNY and NYPD, the two agencies who responded immediately to the arson incident.
The alleged arsonist, the 49-year-old homeless man Craig Tamanaha, was released from custody without bail after he was arrested Wednesday morning.
He was seen leaving a Manhattan criminal courthouse on Wednesday night following his arraignment.
“I didn’t do it,” Tamanaha told reporters outside the building.
The arson and other charges Tamanaha was facing – including criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and criminal trespass — were considered misdemeanors, not requiring a bail payment under liberal New York City’s laws, Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bayley told the Post.
Fox News security spotted the accused arsonist climbing the 50-foot-tall tree at the center of Fox Square just after midnight.
Investigators said the 50-foot artificial tree was set ablaze using a burning piece of cardboard, 纽约邮报报道. The fire’s damage was estimated to cost about $ 500,000.
福克斯新闻’ Dom Calicchio contributed to this report.