Be careful about sending sexy selfies to Anderson Cooper—they may end up on the internet. The CNN journalist tweeted a topless photo of his friend and New Year's Eve co-host Kathy Griffin on Monday, Dec. 30. The bashful TV personality joked that the comedienne "just sent me this photo of her outfit for New Year's Eve. She's kidding, right? Please tell me she is."
Griffin, meanwhile, has been tweeting about the inevitably cold weather she'll be facing in New York City's Times Square from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ET on Dec. 31/Jan.1: "Let the nipple freezing begin!"
The duo has been co-hosting CNN's New Year's Eve Live since 2007. Livewire Griffin has proven to be the perfect foil to straight-laced Cooper, though the former's unfiltered sense of humor has gotten her into trouble at times. While discussing the Balloon Boy hoax in 2009, for example, Griffin said, "Wait..Falcon? F--kin'? Falcon? How do you say it?" Cooper muttered, "You're terrible," and moved to the next topic.
Griffin later joked about having a "lesbian three-way with Susan Boyle and Oprah [Winfrey]." Cooper also appeared mortified when Griffin crudely complimented his looks. "How do you not just stare in the mirror all day and pleasure yourself because you're so gorgeous?" she asked.
In 2011, Griffin kissed Cooper on the lips—much to his chagrin—and joked about watching his "balls drop" at midnight. She managed to outdo herself the following year, however, when she simulated giving Cooper oral sex. She defended the bit the next day on The Late Show With David Letterman.
"You went down on Anderson Cooper or something as the ball dropped," Letterman told Griffin. "What did you do to Anderson Cooper?"
"If you think this is the part where I'm gonna apologize for trying to go down on Anderson Cooper, you are sorely mistaken," the Grammy nominee replied. "I tried, ladies and gays. I tried for you."
Critics called Griffin's act "lewd" and "vulgar." Letterman also asked Griffin how she would feel if the tables were turned. "Let's say a man on television did that to you. What would the reaction be?" he wondered. Without missing a beat, Griffin replied, "If it was Anderson Cooper, myself and every other gay guy and women would say—I'd unzip so fast. Boom! Pants down!"