Andy Cohen says he won't drink with cohost Anderson Cooper during CNN's New Year's Eve broadcast
- Andy Cohen said he and Anderson Cooper aren't drinking for their New Year's Eve coverage on CNN.
- Cohen told Page Six Thursday the duo is still going to "have a blast" on the last night of 2022.
Andy Cohen said he and his CNN cohost Anderson Cooper won't drink during their New Year's Eve coverage after all.
Speaking with Page Six on Thursday, Cohen said that while the duo won't be imbibing on air, they're still going to "have a BLAST." Cohen and Cooper are known for their boozy broadcasts on the final night of the year.
Though Variety reported in November that the network's anchors and correspondents wouldn't be allowed to consume alcohol for their coverage of the holiday, Cohen told Rolling Stone in an interview shared Wednesday the reported rule didn't apply to him and Cooper.
"CNN said the correspondents will not be drinking," he said. "Anderson and I will be the people partying on CNN, we will be partying responsibly."
He continued: "My job is to take Anderson out of his comfort zone, my job is to be a party ringleader for everyone watching us on New Year's Eve. And that is what I will continue to do. And as a matter of fact, if the correspondents are not drinking this year, I will be partying even harderon their behalf."
Cohen and Cooper's antics on "New Year's Eve Live" haven't come without controversy. While on the air last year, Cohen went on several rants about Bill de Blasio, the former mayor of New York City, and Ryan Seacrest, the host of ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve."
"Bunch of smoke coming from Ryan Seacrest's group of losers that are performing behind us," Cohen said about the ABC broadcast, which was filming next to CNN. "I mean with all due — if you've been watching ABC tonight, you've seen nothing, I'm sorry."
He tweeted on January 1 that he "was a bit overserved" the night before.
—Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 1, 2022
Days later, the "Watch What Happens Live" host said on his SiriusXM radio show that he regretted his comments about Seacrest's coverage. Seacrest told Entertainment Weekly on Monday that he thinks it's a "good idea" that CNN is cutting back on alcohol for their New Year's Eve show.
"Only thing that I regret saying, the only thing, is that I slammed the ABC broadcast, and I really like Ryan Seacrest, and he's a great guy, and I really regret saying that," Cohen said last year. "And I was just stupid and drunk and feeling it."
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