CNN isn’t going to fire Andy Cohen for his many drunken NYE rants


My ass has not stayed up for the ball drop on New Year’s in years. Last Friday, I was tucked into bed by 10 pm and I have zero regrets. The next morning, my timeline was full of clips of Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper being drunk AF on CNN’s live NYE broadcast. They’ve been hosting CNN’s NYE show for years now, after Kathy Griffin was shoved off her co-hosting duties. Personally, I can’t stand Andy Cohen, and I didn’t care about his many drunken rants this year. For example, he “dragged” Mayor Bill DeBlasio:

He also dragged Ryan Seacrest, who was hosting ABC’s NYE special just a short distance from CNN’s Times Square perch. And… the Seacrest drag was apparently what bothered CNN.

While hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve countdown with Anderson Cooper, Cohen says he was “a hair over-served,” he wrote on Instagram after the show, which is what led to his taking a jab at ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve—and by extension, its host, Ryan Seacrest.

Cohen then revealed on SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live that he regrets that. “The 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,” Cohen said. “And I really regret saying that, and I was just stupid and drunk and feeling it.”

Now his employer CNN has weighed in and is standing by Cohen. Contrary to some reports, Cohen has not been fired from the hosting gig over any of his comments. (He also spoke out about York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg). In a statement to E! News, CNN said, “Andy said something he shouldn’t have on live tv. We’ve addressed it with him and look forward to having him back again next year.”

On Friday, Dec. 31, while on air, Cohen referred to “Ryan Seacrest’s group of losers that are performing behind us.” He told CNN viewers, “I mean, with all due [respect], if you’ve been watching ABC tonight, you’ve seen nothing. I’m sorry.”

But on his latest radio show, the media personality said he thinks the reaction to his commentary has been blown out of proportion. “The headlines about Ryan Seacrest are all like I trash Ryan Seacrest,” he reflected. “I’m like, I really, I hope he hears the clip. You know what I mean?”

[From E! News]

I mean… would CNN have Cohen’s back if he wasn’t a powerful white man? If a woman had been drunk as hell and bad-mouthing powerful celebrities and politicians on a live CNN show, I’m sure the reaction would have been a lot different. That being said, I don’t really care. I doubt CNN really cares either. I have no idea if their NYE show is even a big ratings generator or whether the whole thing is just one big, dumb, drunk write-off. It’s basically the annual Let’s See How Drunk Anderson Cooper Can Get Without Throwing Up Show.


Photos courtesy of Andy’s IG.

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  1. Ariel says:

    Andy Cohen to me seems like a mean spirited jerk who is bitchy about everyone. But in particular has no respect for women.
    I used to watch Kathy Griffin on CNN, after they fired her, there is no reason to watch that.

    • Constant says:

      I think Andy Cohen hates women. He sure likes to see them publicly debase themselves.

      • N0b0dy says:

        @constant you are NOT wrong. At all. I watch a lot of bravo and during reunions with mixed gendered casts like Below Deck he’s horrible to the women.

    • shanaynay says:

      His comes off as a big time jerk off! Cannot stand the man.

    • HeyJude says:

      Yes, and there’s few things worse than a particularly messy, bitchy drunk as is. Except for one on TV.

  2. Emma says:

    Welllll at least he didn’t bring up the sexual abuse allegations against Ryan Seacrest! Now that would’ve really gotten him in trouble.

    So over mediocre rich white men. Ughhhh.

  3. Tara says:

    They need to get Kathy Gruffin back on for something. And it bothers me that Anderson still has not reached out to her since her C diagnosis. Maybe they offered but she said “no thanks” ?

  4. AmelieOriginal says:

    I love Anderson Cooper but I can’t stand Andy Cohen, drunk or sober lol. He makes the CNN broadcast unwatchable. I know Anderson and Andy are besties, as to why I can’t understand because Andy Cohen is so obnoxious and Anderson is not. Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper were great together and it’s really too bad they won’t bring her back. She’s done her penance for the decapitated Trump head photo (which at the time was highly inappropriate and really idiotic stunt to pull).

    • Jackson says:

      Totally agree. Love Anderson, and he does need someone a tad OTT to pull him out a little in these broadcasts, but NOT Andy Cohen. I tune in to see Anderson and the other CNN folks, not Cohen. He takes over the broadcast and steps all over Anderson when he tries to speak. It’s annoying and obnoxious. He acts likes it’s HIS show. I’d be thrilled if he never came back and they brought anyone else in to try.

    • Jamie says:

      I am generally new to even knowing who Andy Cohen is, and what I have seen of him he does come off unlikable, and I thought maybe that was the TV personality he shoots for.

      Now I think that is not a TV personality, but that he is also the bitchy gossip of his circle of friends, the one who dgaf and will sass the people you both don’t like. The one friend that is fun, but if you ever have a falling out with everyone else would be like “oh yeah, honestly, they were a toxic person anyway”. If that makes sense? ha.

    • HeyJude says:

      I get it. Anderson grew up in the circles of his mother and obnoxiousness is almost rewarded in society. The people he was reared around are literally Truman Capote characters. So I’m sure obnoxiousness looks almost amusing to him.

  5. WithTheAmerican says:

    white entitled men hosting a boring, drunken NYE. If I wanted that, I’d have stayed married.

  6. Arizona says:

    lol of course they didn’t fire him. he bashed an unlikeable ex-mayor, the unlikeable billionaire owner of Facebook, and a rival studio. it was fun and funny, and based on the clips going around Twitter and Tik Tok, most people thought it was hilarious. it’s ratings gold, why would they fire him.

  7. Jais says:

    Honestly, he was talking sh*t about the lead singer for Journey and how it was a fake Journey. The new lead singer is Arnal Pineda, a Filipino singer who used to sing for a cover band and was so good the band asked him to be their lead singer. Idk, that’s a cool story and Andy Cohen just seems like a hater. It’s not cute.

    • Sue Denim says:

      I didn’t watch this but just wanted to say — Pineda grew up really poor, lost his mother young, survived on the streets for a time, and earned his way to where he is through incredible talent. So yeah, of course this mediocre white guy needs to make fun of him…

  8. AppleCart says:

    I miss the years Kathy would yell at people and Don would be drunk off his ass. That is what make the CNN NYE show special. Nobody was watching it so they could do whatever they want. Now everyone has to play nicey nice. I’m sure it will be hella boring next year with everyone sober being polite. This is why I am in bed asleep by 11pm also.

  9. Willow says:

    Andy Cohen is a horrible misogynist. And he is a successful producer. He owns the Real Housewives franchise and is the reason the Bravo channel still exists. So he has power and money. And he’s a white man who says juvenile mean sh*t (while sober) like that all the time on his own shows. He’s an awful man who I wish would go away, but because of the way the world works, it’s not going to happen. And, yes, my opinion of Anderson went down by 50% when I found out what good friends they are.
    I’d MUCH rather talk about the drunk conversation Don Lemon had with his co-hosts. It was hilarious. Something about a New Years Resolutions involving ‘no more broke d*ck’. If you need a laugh today, watch that.

    • Lightpurple says:

      Anderson Cooper and whoever on New Year’s Eve in Times Square is just the warmup for the real show: DRUNK DON LEMON in New Orleans or on his couch in the Hamptons with whatever ladies are lucky enough to land the gig.

      • Bailie says:

        BEING DRUNK on the job is unprofessional, being a bit tipsy on a New Year’s show and having fun with it all is great.

        I wish people would get the difference for goodness sake.

        One doesn’t have to be stone cold sober or so drunk that you are forced to apologize for your behavior the next day.

        Middle road, middle road, not impossible for sure!

  10. lemontwist says:

    I can’t stand AC, I think he’s a sleazy misogynist, but I’d wager he has enough awareness to know what he can & can’t get away with saying on the air and that his comments weren’t an accident. The whole ‘drunk host spouting off during a live tv event’ thing happens so often now because otherwise, no one would talk about these dumb specials.

  11. Umm says:

    I legit thought this was hilarious. I watched this live and we were all in stitches. Andy Cohen is a catty [word that rhymes with itch], but he literally is as drunk as the women on his shows. He isn’t above them, he’s right there with ‘em. Lighten up a little guys, have some fun!

    • Ashby says:

      Ha-ha, Andy Cohen is as funny as a 9 year old kid spewing bathroom jokes, because fart jokes are so witty, right?????

      Trashing people is the most clever and funny Andy ever be, he is a misogynistic, most of the time drunk or high, awful human being, no better than his horrible Real Housewives franchises full of terrible women who will do and say almost anything for a buck and infamy.

      Being a human being is not easy, being a woman is really tough, especially in a society that celebrates and elevates likes of Andy Cohen.

      I wish I would have an understanding why so many millions of women support Andy Cohen and his so called ” REAL HOUSEWIVES “.

      So many women tune in to watch women rip each other apart in the various REAL HOUSEWIVES franchises that sometimes I’m embarrassed to be a woman.

      Where is the SISTERHOOD?????

      I’m baffled by Anderson Cooper being friends with Andy Cohen, Andy is a train wreck, Anderson seems like a decent guy, good at his job and not gossipy, drunken, bitchy, idiotic mess that Andy Cohen seems to be.

      Guess I shouldn’t surprised, anything goes these days, after TRUMP our society has been more debased than ever before.

      Andy thinks that being drunk and trashing whatever comes to his pea size brain is funny, maybe for mor*ns like him…

      • Truthiness says:

        One of the few times Andy has done something honorable was having Gloria Steinem on his show and completely giving her the floor to explain why she feels the Real Housewives shows televise the worst side of women and how much she disagrees with it.

    • ARHUS says:

      It was funny! They play off eachother well. When one is being silly, the other one is being ‘straight’.

  12. Ann says:

    I only know I really liked Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper together and it’s. just not the same without her there. I think she deserves another chance. Interesting that Anderson and Andy are such good friends because I don’t think they have much chemistry as co-hosts? With Griffin there it was OTT but in kind of a cute way. Not any more.

    That said, I don’t care if he dragged Di Blasio because he was not a good Mayor and he’s fair game.

  13. Abby says:

    CNN’s NYE consistently beats every single cable show that night and some primetime shows as well. Thats why more and more celebrities are appearing on it and not the others. Others try to draw in younger viewers but they consistently dont watch these NYE shows so CNN appeals to the older demo, really smart programming actually. Also, who doesnt dislike de Blasio?

    • Lightpurple says:

      And as I said above, Anderson’s show is just the opening act for DRUNK DON LEMON!

      • Lemons says:

        Don was literally just out there w/o a care in the world. He was hilarious. And that’s why ratings were up, and that’s why CNN isn’t firing anyone.

  14. Jessica says:

    I mean… he wasn’t wrong about ABC’s broadcast… that’s who we ended up watching mostly (no cable so no CNN) and while we only watched from 11:30, the only person we knew was Seacrest soooooo…. I don’t even know who his cohost was, she was not so good imo

  15. Athena says:

    I understand it’s New Year’s Eve but whether it Andy or Don I find their behavior unprofessional. It’s work not a private party. They’re getting paid for hosting not get drunk and mouth off and act the fool. If any of us had a hosting job let’s say at a restaurant or club and got drunk at work and acted up we would be fired on the spot. There’s nothing cute about any of this.

    • Abby says:

      Agree 100%. So unprofessional. I don’t want to watch that on my TV right now.

      • Barcelona says:

        100% I agree, drunk on the job is wrong regardless of the job.

        A bit tipsy during a New Year broadcast is funny and lighthearted!

  16. Abby says:

    I watched a short clip of one of his rants and it just made me so uncomfortable. And glad that wasn’t how I celebrated NYE.

    My husband and I and our 6 and 4 year olds had Thai takeout, ice cream, champagne for the grownups and orange juice for the kids in fancy glasses… we did some fun reflection questions, my daughter did a ballet performance to her favorite songs, and we played board games till 9:30, when we watched a recorded version of Sydney’s fireworks on Youtube and then we called it a night. It was fantastic. No regrets.

  17. Marie says:

    I watched it and found the show entertaining. He wasn’t wrong to say what he said about Blasio — he is one of the city’s worst mayors. Those off-the-cuff comments are what make it entertaining. Also, I could watch Anderson giggle all day long.

    • LONDON says:

      I could not disagree more.
      I was embarrassed to watch Andy Cohen, it was so unprofessional, being drunk on the job is never a good look.
      A bit tipsy on New Years is fine, but outright drunk is not and ranting like an idiot was pretty bad.
      Andy Cohen seems awful to me, I’m stunned that Anderson Cooper is friends with Andy Cohen.
      Anderson seems like such an intelligent, graceful, decent guy and not behaving as trashy as Andy Cohen.

  18. ARHUS says:

    Anderson and Andy were funny. Don Lemon was suuuppperrr cringey. He didn’t have a buddy to play off of, he needs someone like that. Dulce and Allisyn (sp?) were just not going to go as drunk as him – and that just made for some awkward moments. A&A were playing to the audience, Don was just playing to himself.

  19. Grumpy says:

    I find both of them phony and cowardly. How quickly did they pretend like they don’t know Kathy Griffin. They could have denounced her act and still support her as a person. These relationships are all fake.

  20. L4Frimaire says:

    I fell asleep watching a Harry Potter movie. The CNN broadcast is embarrassing. What a hot drunken mess. Also they are just boring.

  21. Cheyanne says:

    Did anyone else think Amanda Gorman got annoyed by them? Not so much Anderson, but Andy? Seemed like it to me.

  22. MissMarirose says:

    It’s pretty hypocritical that Kathy Griffin got fired for political commentary she made off the NYE show but Andy Cohen isn’t in danger of being fired for political commentary he made ON the NYE show.

    CNN is showing their hypocrisy.

  23. Jewell says:

    Don Lemmon was way too much too !

  24. Rea says:

    Will Andy be force to sober for Next Year’s event? 🧐

  25. jwoolman says:

    But didn’t they hire Andy Cohen for the New Year’s Eve event precisely because of his many drunken rants? It’s not like anybody was surprised. This is Andy. This is what he does. Caveat emptor.