2020 has been a difficult year for many Americans — and Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean is among them.
As the Washington Examiner reported, Dean broke down in tears on-air Friday as she watched a montage looking back on the year.
“It’s been a tough year,” a choked-up Dean told her fellow Fox & Friends hosts during Friday’s broadcast, according to the Examiner. “I got emotional when we started out, and I was out in the crowds because that’s what I love to do.”
“It’s been a tough year”
Dean also told her fellow co-hosts Friday that she “can’t wait” to see them again in person following the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I love being with you guys, and it’s been a tough year, but I can’t wait to be with you guys again,” she said, according to the Examiner. “I know it’s going to happen next year, and I can’t wait to hug you and see you in person.” Take a look:
“It’s been a tough year…I can’t wait to be with you guys again. I know it’s going to happen next year and I can’t wait to hug you and see you in person.” pic.twitter.com/Hj68AlBpBO
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 18, 2020
“We had no idea”
Dean lost both of her in-laws to the coronavirus earlier this year, as the Examiner noted. In an op-ed for USA Today, the Fox meteorologist blamed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for their deaths, saying his COVID-19 policies were disastrous for nursing home residents like her in-laws.
“Cuomo’s motto during the coronavirus pandemic has always been ‘New York Tough,'” Dean wrote in July. “But when it comes to tough questions about his leadership during this time, Cuomo has shown he isn’t so tough after all. In fact, he prefers to place blame on anyone but himself for the disastrous decisions he’s made.”
Dean also said that “at first,” her family “didn’t blame anyone” for the deaths of her husband’s parents. “This is a pandemic, and the virus is particularly dangerous for the elderly. We had no idea until it was too late,” she wrote for USA Today.
DOJ digs in
With complaints like Dean’s piling up, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced in August that it was opening a review into how New York and several other states handled the pandemic in terms of seniors.
“New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan required nursing homes to admit COVID-19 patients to their vulnerable populations, often without adequate testing,” the DOJ said in a statement. “According to the Centers for Disease Control, New York has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States, with 32,592 victims, many of them elderly.”
Nationwide, more than 319,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 this year, according to The New York Times.