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Andy Cohen Says He Won’t Let People “Shame” Him For Being Drunk On New Year’s Eve

Andy Cohen had the time of his life! By now, we have all seen the footage of Andy living his best life during CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live special. He has been cohosting the live event with friend Anderson Cooper for years now, but this year he went a little overboard in his commentary. But the Watch What Happens Live host isn’t going to apologize for having fun.

As reported by E! News, Andy appeared on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show. Andy maintained of his presentation, “Listen, I will not be shamed for having fun on New Year’s Eve. That’s why I’m there. That’s why they bring me there.” The next day, Andy admitted via Instagram that he “was a hair over-served.”

He continued, “It’s a four-and-a-half-hour show. The booze started kicking in around 11:30. So everyone’s focusing on kind of the last 45 minutes or hour that we were on the air. I kicked into high gear with 45 minutes left. So, we had done 15 interviews before that point.” Indeed, the last hour was a doozy. We saw Andy go on a rant about NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. Most notably though, he made fun of their competition, ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Which is hosted by Ryan Seacrest. Andy called the band Journey “Ryan Seacrest’s group of losers that are performing behind us.” He added, “I mean, with all due, if you’ve been watching ABC tonight, you’ve seen nothing,” he added. “I’m sorry. It’s true.”

But Andy doesn’t want to hear the shaming. He said, “I won’t be shamed for it. I had a blast. Anderson had a blast. We left and we were like, ‘That was fun. What a fun New Year’s Eve.’ No apologies for my drinking on New Year’s Eve. None.” He added,  “The only direction that I get every year from [CNN president] Jeff Zucker is ‘Have fun.’ There you go. That is my job.”


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While the internet was busy speculating that Andy was fired over the incident, CNN confirmed that’s not the case. A CNN spokesperson said, “Andy said something he shouldn’t have on live TV,” and they “look forward to having him back again next year.”

One thing Andy does regret are his comments about Ryan, who happens to host Live With Kelly and Ryan with Andy’s friend, Kelly Ripa. Thankfully, Andy revealed, “She is not upset with me. As I was going on my rant about Journey, I did wind up kind of starting to throw ABC under the bus and that is my only regret from the night because I really like Ryan Seacrest. He’s a really nice guy. And I was—as they say—in my cups, and I was kind of enjoying the rant. I was like, ‘Wow, it’s really fun being on CNN just ranting like a nutty guy. This is fun.’ So I kept going and that I felt bad about…and I texted Ryan the next morning.”

The only other time Andy wished he hadn’t said something was something he thinks could have been used against him later. He explained, “Towards the end of the de Blasio rant, I said something like, ‘And I have a feeling I’ll be here next year. And when I saw the clip, I was like, ‘Dude, that’s the clip they’re going to play when you get canceled this year.’ They’re going to be like, ‘I guess he’s not going to be there next year.’ Although, CNN announced yesterday I’m coming back next year, so I was happy for that.”


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