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Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper Won’t Be Drinking During CNN’s New Year’s Eve Broadcast

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NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 13: Journalist Anderson Cooper (L) and host Andy Cohen at SiriusXM Studios on January 13, 2017 in New York City.
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KEY POINTS

  • Andy Cohen said he and his co-host Anderson Cooper would not drink during CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast
  • Cohen’s clarification came after he previously said he would still drink despite CNN’s call to ban alcohol
  • Seacrest, who was Cohen’s drunken rant target, praised CNN for banning alcohol when one is on air

Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper will skip the booze when they co-host CNN’s upcoming New Year’s broadcast.

Cohen clarified in his recent interview with Page Six that neither he nor Cooper would be drinking during their New Year’s Eve broadcast on CNN over the weekend.

“We aren’t drinking, but we’re going to have a BLAST,” he told the outlet.

Cohen’s statement came after he told Rolling Stone that he would still drink despite the network’s effort to ban alcohol on its broadcast.

“It’s fun for me because I’m a guest on CNN, so I’m like a visitor,” he told the outlet in an interview published Wednesday.

“I’m going to just march back to Bravo at 12:30 in the morning and be done with it, and so I can kind of torch the place while I’m there, and then head out.”

The American television talk show host added that his “job” as Cooper’s co-host is to take his co-anchor “out of his comfort zone” for the night and have fun.

“My job is to be a party ringleader for everyone watching us on New Year’s Eve,” Cohen continued. “And that is what I will continue to do.”

Cohen made headlines after the broadcast due to his drunken rant. The Bravo producer criticized their competing broadcast ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” hosted by Ryan Seacrest somewhere in Times Square on the same night. The “Real Housewives” executive producer called ABC’s performers a “group of losers.”

“If you look behind me, you’ll see Ryan Seacrest’s group of losers performing,” Cohen was quoted as saying by Us Weekly. “I’m sorry, but if you’re watching ABC, you’re watching nothing.”

Cohen regretted his behavior after the broadcast. He attributed his comment to his intoxication.

“The only thing that I regret saying, the only thing is that I slammed the ABC broadcast,” Cohen was quoted by People as saying. “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.”

He continued, “I was continuing the Journey rant, and I just kept talking, and I shouldn’t have, and I felt bad about that, so that is the only thing.”

Meanwhile, Seacrest applauded CNN’s decision to reduce drinking on-air after being targeted by Cohen last year.

“I don’t advocate drinking when one is on the air. I don’t know how that started as a tradition, but it’s probably a good idea (to scale back),” he told Entertainment Weekly Monday.

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