Andy Cohen Jokes He’ll ‘Torch’ CNN With New Year’s Eve Drinking

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Lifetime of the get together! Andy Cohen has no plans of reining in his ingesting whereas cohosting CNN’s New 12 months’s Eve Dwell with pal Anderson Cooper.

“It’s enjoyable for me as a result of I’m a visitor on CNN, so I’m like a customer,” Cohen, 54, instructed Rolling Stone in an interview printed on Wednesday, December 28. “I’m going to simply march again to Bravo at 12:30 within the morning and be completed with it.”

The longtime Bravo host and producer joked: “And so I can sort of torch the place whereas I’m there, after which head out.”

The Watch What Occurs Dwell! With Andy Cohen star additional defined that his “job” on the annual New 12 months’s Eve broadcast is to “take Anderson out of his consolation zone” and have a very good time.

“My job is to be a celebration ringleader for everybody watching us on New 12 months’s Eve,” Cohen instructed the outlet. “And that’s what I’ll proceed to do.”

The Missouri native has been working alongside Cooper, 55, for the reason that 2017-18 present. Whereas the BFFs have been identified for knocking again photographs on digicam, it wasn’t till the 2021-22 broadcast that Cohen actually made waves for his shenanigans.

The Radio Andy host turned heads in January when he threw shade at Ryan Seacrest and his work on Dick Clark’s New 12 months’s Rockin’ Eve occasion.

“When you look behind me, you’ll see Ryan Seacrest’s group of losers performing. … I’m sorry however should you’re watching ABC, you’re watching nothing,” Cohen mentioned on the time. “We have been doused with confetti from pretend Journey on ABC. If it’s not Steve Perry, it doesn’t depend! You get it? It’s not Journey! It’s propaganda! It’s propaganda! It’s not Journey! It’s not Journey! No, that was not Journey. Steve Perry is Journey.”

The Actual Housewives producer, who additionally dissed then-New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio, later confessed that he regretted his jab at Seacrest, 48.

“He’s a very nice man. And I used to be — as they are saying— in my cups, and I used to be sort of having fun with the rant. I used to be like, ‘Wow, it’s actually enjoyable being on CNN simply ranting like a nutty man. That is enjoyable,’” Cohen mentioned on The Howard Stern Present in January. “So I saved going and that I felt dangerous about and I texted Ryan the subsequent morning.”

CNN later launched a press release backing Cohen, noting that whereas the TV character “mentioned one thing he shouldn’t have on dwell TV,” the community was wanting “ahead to having him again once more subsequent yr.”

Final month, Selection reported that CNN chairman Chris Licht deliberate to sober up New 12 months’s Eve Dwell following the 2021-22 controversy. Cohen, nonetheless, declared on WWHL in November that he was going to “get together tougher” than ever.

“What [Chris Licht] mentioned was that he didn’t need the correspondents on the market ingesting, however that he wished Anderson and I to do our factor,” the previous Millionaire Matchmaker producer instructed The Hollywood Reporter amid hypothesis that the brand new tips have been directed at him. “So I’m pleased to do our factor. My solely directive for years on CNN has been to have enjoyable on New 12 months’s Eve, and that’s completely what I plan to do.”

Cohen doubled down on his get together plans whereas talking with Rolling Stone on Wednesday, confirming that “CNN mentioned the correspondents is not going to be ingesting.”

He clarified that he and Cooper “would be the folks partying on CNN,” including that they’d be doing so “responsibly.”

The Most Talkative creator added: “And as a matter of truth, if the correspondents aren’t ingesting this yr, I can be partying even tougher on their behalf.”

Seacrest, for his half, instructed Leisure Weekly on Monday December 26, that he doesn’t “advocate ingesting when one is on the air.” The Dwell! With Kelly and Ryan cohost added: “I don’t understand how that began as a convention but it surely’s in all probability a good suggestion [to scale back], CNN.”

New 12 months’s Eve Dwell airs on CNN Saturday, December 31, at 8 p.m. ET.