As part of the Fox News post-Bill O’Reilly shakeup, Eric Bolling, a former co-host of The Five, was made the co-host of The Specialists. On September 8, Bolling was let go by Fox News after an investigation into allegations he sent lewd photos to female Fox employees.
Here’s what you need to know about Bolling.
1. Bolling Has an Estimated Net Worth of $15 Million
Bolling has an estimated net worth of $15 million, Celebrity Net Worth estimates. In addition to his Fox News work, he also earns money from his work as an author. He’s written two books, last year’s Wake Up America: The Nine Virtues That Made Our Nation Great – And Why We Need Them More Than Ever and the upcoming The Swamp: Washington’s Murky Pool of Corruption and Cronyism – And How Trump Can Drain It. His first book was a New York Times bestseller.
In addition to co-hosting The Five, Bolling has also hosted Cashin’ In, a Fox Business Channel Saturday morning show, since 2013. He first joined Fox News in 2008, following a brief tenure at CNBC, which served as his introduction to television.
Before jumping into TV, Bolling was an independent trader at the New York Mercantile Exchange and was on the Board of Directors for five years. He’s a graduate of Rollins University and won a fellowship at Duke University’s School of Public Policy.
2. Bolling Was Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates Before an Injury Derailed His Career
Long before Bolling entered the financial world, he dreamed of playing baseball. He wasn’t too bad either, even getting drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 22nd round of the 1984 MLB draft. He played for their rookie-level affiliate, but he tore his rotator cuff and that ended his career. He had already graduated college by then and just just decided it was best to move on.
“It was a dream come true. Very early in my second minor league season, I was playing third base, turned, threw a ball, and tore my rotator and knew that was it,” Bolling told Benzinga in 2010. “It was three or four days before the organization said we’d love to rehab you, but at 22 you’re not that rehab-able. You can rehab a 17 year old but at 22 I was almost getting old.”
After that, he decided to become a trader because the father of his girlfriend at the time was in that line of work and he thought he’d try it out.
“The sports really prepared me for that kind of trading. I didn’t work for anybody, if I made money it was mine, if I lost money it was mine. It was very self-motivating, high pressure, competitive. All the things that make a successful trader also make a successful athlete, so the transition was great,” Bolling told Benzinga.
3. He & Roger Ailes Saved Bob Beckel From Choking to Death
During a 2011 The Five episode, shortly after the show launched, Bob Beckel claimed that Bolling and then-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes jumped into action to save his life! Beckel said he nearly choked to death while eating during a lunch to celebrate The Five.
“I couldn’t breathe at all,” Beckel said. “The boss of bosses here at Fox, Roger Ailes, stood up and gave me the Heimlich. He couldn’t get his arms all the way around me but he loosened it up enough.”
Beckel then added, “And then my brother here saved my existence because he got it out,” referring to Bolling.
“You scared the hell out of us,” Bolling told Beckel.
Beckel said the lesson of the incident was never eat too fast and, “Particularly don’t eat big shrimp.”
4. Bolling & His Wife Have Been Married for 20 Years
Bolling and his wife, Adrienne Bolling, have been married since October 4, 1997. They had a son named Eric Chase Bolling and live in New York. Bolling told his alma mater, Rollins, that he likes taking his family to the Orlando theme parks and Miami.
Bolling and his family are Catholic. He’s said in the past that he goes to St. Patrick’s Cathedral every day to light a candle and goes to mass every Sunday.
“I go to St. Patrick’s Cathedral every day to light candles, five days a week,” Bolling told Chicago Magazine. “I don’t necessarily go to mass, but if there’s a mass there, I’ll stay for it I go to mass every Sunday with my wife, so six days a week I’m in church.”
Back in 2015, Bolling raised eyebrows when he told viewers that, “Reports say radical Muslim jihadists killed thousands of people in the past few months alone. And yet when you take Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, whatever, their combined killings in the name of religion––well, that would be zero.”
He said that President Barack Obama should have apologized for bringing up the Crusades and slavery at the National Prayer Breakfast.
5. Bolling Considers Himself a Good Friend of Donald Trump’s & Has Known the President for 15 Years
Bolling is one of the Fox News personalities who is closest to Donald Trump. After Trump won the presidency, Bolling visited Trump Tower and was even considered for commerce secretary. That role went to Wilbur Ross and Bolling also turned down a chance to be deputy commerce secretary.
About 15 years ago, a good friend of mine, Mark Burnett, was producing The Apprentice program. And he brought me to some Apprentice events and Donald Trump was present and we just got to talking to each other quite a bit, and I had a Wall Street past and knew business very well, and he appreciated that and over the years he invited me to various events.
Bolling also said that he’s supported Trump’s presidential campaign since the moment Trump came down that escalator at Trump Tower in 2015.
“If Donald himself said, ‘I’ve got to have you because we’re going to do some policy things,’ that — who wouldn’t work directly with the president? But outside of that, he has some extremely capable people advising him. He doesn’t need Eric Bolling,” Bolling told Business Insider in December 2016.