It was a wild New Year’s Eve for Andy Cohen, but he won’t be losing any work over it!
Once again, TV host and super producer Andy Cohen hosted CNN’s New Year’s coverage alongside his bestie Anderson Cooper. And as always, it was quite a show to watch since this year, some shots (both alcohol and verbal) that the hosts took added to the excitement.
After several drinks throughout the night, Cohen started taking verbal jabs at several people, including outgoing NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and fellow TV host Ryan Seacrest. However, despite the controversy, he will not lose his job as New Year's host for the network.
“Let me tell you something, watching Mayor de Blasio do his ‘victory lap’ dance after four years of the crappiest job as the mayor of New York!” he began. “The only thing the Democrats and the Republicans can agree on is what a horrible mayor he has been, so sayonara, sucka!”
While Cohen spoke, Cooper tried to stop him. “Oh, don’t go on a rant!” he pleaded, “This is how you want to start your new year?
“2022! It’s a new year,” Cohen continued despite Cooper’s protests. “Cause guess what? I have a feeling I’m going to be standing right here next year, and you know what I’m not going to be looking at, dancing as the city comes apart? You!”
The show then cut to new NYC mayor Eric Adams being sworn in, to which Cohen excitedly shouted “Yes!” from offscreen.
During another part of the night, Cohen targeted others, including the other New Year’s Eve celebrations. “If you look behind me, you will see Ryan Seacrest’s group of losers performing,” he said. “If you’re watching ABC, you’re watching nothing.”
The morning after, Cohen tweeted “Good morning! Um, I was a bit overserved last night…”
For his part, Cohen has apologized for what he said about Seacrest. “The only thing that I regret saying, the only thing is that I slammed the ABC broadcast,” Cohen said on his Radio Andy talk show. “And I really like Ryan Seacrest and he’s a great guy and I really regret saying that and I was just stupid and drunk and feeling it.”
Despite the controversy, it seems Cohen was right, and he will be back next year, as a spokesperson for CNN confirmed he will be back. “Andy said something he shouldn’t have on live tv,” CNN said in a statement to E! News. “We’ve addressed it with him and look forward to having him back again next year.”
We definitely are looking forward to it as well!