Andy Cohen Will Replace Kathy Griffin to Host New Year's Eve With Anderson Cooper

Andy Cohen, Love Connection

Andy Cohen, the gay host of Watch What Happens Live!, is replacing Kathy Griffin as co-host of CNN's New Year's Eve festivities, Vulture reports.

Griffin had previously hosted the live event in Times Square, but had her contract nulled in May after doing a photoshoot with a decapitated Donald Trump head.

“Andy is the life of the party wherever he goes, and what bigger party is there than New Year’s Eve?" Cooper said in a statement. "It is going to be a blast!”

The pair have been friends for decades, performing in standup/discussion shows across the globe.

"I’ve been friends with Anderson for twenty-five years," Cohen stated. "We’ve traveled the world together and performed in 30 plus cities with “AC2″ and it’s all led to this one huge night!”

Here's a foreshadowing of what's to come: a strange moment in which Cooper's blue eyes remain striking, but his face seems to have witnessed something life-altering.

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