Now with ring, Maria will ring it in again

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Maria Me­nounos is re­turn­ing to the scene of the bride, as she once again helps to ring in the New Year along­side fel­low me­dia per­son­al­ity Steve Har­vey. The Medford na­tive will co-host Fox’s spe­cial hol­i­day broad­cast for the sec­ond year in a row, after hav­ing staged a sur­prise wed­ding dur­ing last year’s pro­gram­ming.

The net­work just an­nounced that Har­vey and the E! News alum will be re­turn­ing to lead the count­down to 2019 right in New York City’s Times Square.

Be­sides en­joy­ing the ban­ter be­tween the co­hosts, view­ers bet­ter brace them­selves for a full lineup of mu­si­cal guests dur­ing the sec­ond an­nual hol­i­day spe­cial, in­clud­ing per­for­mances from Florence + The Ma­chine, Ja­son Aldean, Juanes, Robin Thicke and Why Don’t We, with rock sen­sa­tion Sting serv­ing as the head­liner. The pro­gram will also in­clude ap­pear­ances from celebs like co­me­dian Ken Jeong and “Satur­day Night Live” cast mem­ber Ke­nan Thomp­son ,as well as Fox sportscast­ers Curt Mene­fee, Howie Long, Jimmy John­son, Michael Stra­han and Terry Brad­shaw, who are all known for their work on “NFL Sun­day.” Other stars who might show up through­out the night are still TBA.

As fans may re­call, last year’s live NYE broad­cast was mon­u­men­tal for Me­nounos. She and her long­time fi­ance, Keven Un­der­garo, caught all of Amer­ica off guard when they an­nounced they’d be say­ing “I do” on tele­vi­sion in an im­promptu cer­e­mony of­fi­ci­ated by Har­vey. The cou­ple later fol­lowed up on their frigid, New Year’s Eve nup­tials with a lav­ish — and far warmer — wed­ding in her par­ents’ na­tive coun­try of Greece in Oc­to­ber.

If you want to step into the com­ing year with Me­nounos on your TV screen, you can catch her and Har­vey on “Fox’s New Year’s Eve” start­ing at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31, un­til the ball drops for Jan. 1.

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Steve Har­vey and Maria Me­nounos will re­turn again this year to host ‘Fox’s New Year’s Eve’ broad­cast.

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