Eric Bolling opened up about the tragic death of his son last year to a drug overdose saying the loss sent him and his wife into a “major, major depression.”
The former Fox News host, who left the network over a sexual harassment scandal last year, spoke in an emotional interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday, recounting the tragedy and expressing gratitude for the outpouring of sympathy from so many.
“My wife and I had gone out to dinner, we were about to turn the page on my career,” Bolling told hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, referring to his ouster from Fox News. “Went out to dinner, everything was fine. On the way home from that dinner, my cell phone rang and Adrienne was driving and it was one of Eric’s friends who was in a panic,” he said, recalling the September night he learned his 19-year-old son Eric Chase had died from an accidental drug overdose that included opioids.
“It was a complete, devastating shock to us. Adrienne spilled out onto the road. I picked her up and we sat on the curb for a while and your mind goes to a place that I can’t explain,” Bolling said. “Immediately we were in major, major depression. We didn’t know what to do.”
Bolling was grateful for the “overwhelming” condolence calls he received from so many, including from President Trump.
Brzezinski noted at the top of the segment that there was to be no discussion about Bolling’s departure from Fox News following a story last August by Huffington Post’s Yashar Ali alleging the anchor sent sexually suggestive text messages to some female employees of the network. Bolling subsequently filed a defamation lawsuit against Ali.
“Eric, you lost the job that you loved at Fox News amid controversy and a lot of people might want us to ask you a lot of questions around the circumstances around that departure,” Brzezinski said. “But for this segment, we’re going to leave those questions for another time.”
Bolling was set to meet with President Trump‘s opioid epidemic commission following the interview, and discussed the toll of drugs on college campuses with the MSNBC hosts. He also joined a discussion with National Guard surgeon, Dr. Dave Campbell, on the “Morning Joe” set in addressing possible ways to combat the national drug addiction crisis.
The former Fox News anchor praised Trump’s efforts in the battle, saying “he cares about this issue…The guy has empathy and compassion for this.”
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