CNN Addresses Andy Cohen's "Drunk" New Year's Eve Jab

CNN has responded after Andy Cohen dissed ABC's competing program with Ryan Seacrest while he was co-hosting CNN's New Year's Eve countdown.

By Lindsay Weinberg Jan 04, 2022 12:13 AMTags
Watch: Andy Cohen "Regrets" Dissing Ryan Seacrest on NYE

Andy Cohen has learned his lesson. 

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." 

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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?"

E! News has reached out to Seacrest's rep for comment.

To see how your favorite celebrities rang in 2022, keep scrolling.

Katie Thurston and John Hersey

Katie shared the first pic of herself and John "dressing up together."

Shay Mitchell

"To do a whole recap of this year would take me too long to be honest," the Pretty Little Liars star wrote on Instagram while wearing Dezi eyewear in Jamaica. "So here is a look back at last week instead. Cheers to 2022!!!" 

Olivia Munn

The actress posted a snap of her son, Malcom, while sending her wishes for a a nice New Year.

Michelle and Barack Obama

"Happy New Year from me and my boo!" the former first lady shared. "Wishing you all a year filled with happiness, love, and good health."


Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams

Wedding bells might finally be coming for these two. "2022: The one where they finally get married," Sarah joked.

Dua Lipa

The singer has been enjoying time in St Barths this holiday season.

Joey King

"Happy f--king new year," the Kissing Booth star said, to which Ashley Green replied, "Same."

Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney toasted to 2022 in a silver ensemble and icy dice toy.

Olivia Culpo and Christian McCaffrey

Olivia noted, "3 years of NYE kisses with you," adding that "time flies" with the NFL star.

Thomas Turner

The festival producer and Relentless Beats founder celebrates at the Decadence NYE Festival in Arizona with friends Colty Macaulay, Stellar, Sam Hutchinson, Brad Eazy, Jamieson Hill and Rylin Utah. 

Tori Spelling

"The kiddos and I were so excited to continue our family tradition since my oldest were babies," Tori explained on Instagram of her stay at Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa in California. She added, "My parents used to bring my brother and I here growing up. I wanted my kids to continue that tradition. I can't wait for my kids to bring their kids here one day!"

Paris Hilton and Carter Reum

Paris and her hubby rang in the New Year in the Maldives. "Celebrating the New Year in Paradise with my love!" she wrote. "So excited going in to 2022 as Husband and Wife!"

Kim Kardashian

The SKIMS founder wrote, "Set your intentions high! Only accept positivity and productivity! May this year be filled with love, joy, happiness and health!"

Olivia Jade

Olivia had a hilarious message while saying goodbye to 2021.

Demi Lovato

Demi was cozy in flannel, writing, "I might even stay up till midnight." 

Amelia Gray

Amelia celebrated with a wild photo montage with friends.


"Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends," wrote the musician, who stunned in a little black dress.

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen

The couple spent NYE in London, where they watched the musical Cabaret on the West End. "It was wonderful and the venue was gorgeous," Chrissy wrote. "now horizontal on the couch looking forward to beautiful things in 2022."

Lea Michele

Lea had a "parents night away" for NYE.

Kyle Richards

Kyle celebrated with friends Ashlee Simpson, Teddi Mellencamp, Crystal Kung Minkoff, Lital Aschkenasy and Chrissy Kurtz. "Bringing in the new year," she wrote, "Such a special night."

Giannina Gibelli

The Love Is Blind star donned a white silky dress and long black gloves for NYE.

Mindy Kaling

"Happy New Years to fellow party animals ONLY," she wrote.

Kristin Cavallari

Kristin posed in a sparkling dress and strappy heels for the holiday.

Kathryn Newton

The Big Little Lies star posted a pic of herself in a tiara, as she should.

Busy Philipps

The Girls5eva actress shared, "Happy. New. Year. To. You."

Sabrina Carpenter

The singer marked the end of 2021 with a pic from bed, captioning it, "good night 2021 sleep tight."