Andy Cohen Clarifies His Drinking Plans For CNN's New Year's Eve Broadcast

After doubling down on his promise to drink on CNN's New Year's Eve Special, Andy Cohen revealed that neither he nor Anderson Cooper will be getting tipsy on-air.

By Paige Strout Dec 29, 2022 9:00 PMTags
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UPDATE: Despite previously stating he and Anderson Cooper would continue their on-air boozy festvities on CNN's New Year's Eve special this year, Andy Cohen confirmed on Dec. 29 that neither he nor his co-host will be enjoying drinks on-air this weekend.

"We aren't drinking," he told Page Six, "but we're going to have a BLAST." 

This new comes the a day after Cohen doubled down on his plans to drink on the broadcast in an interview with Rolling Stone published Dec. 28, stating, "Anderson and I will be the people Partying on CNN [though] we will be partying responsibly.


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Despite CNN announcing that its New Year's Eve special will include less alcohol than in years past, Cohen has promised fans they should still expect a tipsy night of fun from him and Anderson Cooper.

"CNN said the correspondents will not be drinking," the Watch What Happens Live host told Rolling Stone. "Anderson and I will be the people partying on CNN [though] we will be partying responsibly."

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"My job is to take Anderson out of his comfort zone [and] 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."

Indeed, he's a man on a mission. "If the correspondents are not drinking this year," he added, "I will be partying even harder on their behalf."

Last month, following years of boozy antics—like Don Lemon taking shots on air or Cohen calling New Year's Eve competitor Ryan Seacrest and his guests a "group of losers"—the network announced it will significantly pare down on the drinks this year.

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A decision Cohen didn't take lightly. As he shot back on the Nov. 16 episode of WWHL, "Anderson and I are going to party harder than we have ever partied before on New Year's Eve!"

For his part, however, Seacrest—who hosts Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve on ABC—is saying cheers to the move.

"I don't advocate drinking when one is on the air," he recently told Entertainment Weekly. "I don't know how that started as a tradition, but it's probably a good idea [to scale back], CNN."

(This story was originally published on Dec. 29 at 2:07 p.m.)

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