CNN released a statement regarding a remark made by Andy Cohen on the air while co-hosting the network’s New Years special.
Cohen, who gradually got drunk throughout the show alongside co-host Anderson Cooper, reacted to a giant cloud of smoke emerging as Journey performed onstage for ABC’s New Years Eve, which was moderated by Ryan Seacrest.
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“There’s a bunch of smoke from Ryan Seacrest’s losing group performing behind us,” Cohen told viewers, causing Cooper to laugh. “I mean, with all due – if you’ve watched ABC tonight, you haven’t seen a thing. I’m sorry, but it’s true.”
CNN has since addressed Cohen’s jab at the network’s competitor, telling E! News: “Andy said something he shouldn’t have on live TV. We’ve talked to him about it and can’t wait to see him again next year.”
Cohen also expressed regret over the comment on his SiriusXM radio show.
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“The only thing I regret I said the only thing is I criticized the ABC show and I really love Ryan Seacrest and he’s a great guy and I really regret saying it “Cohen said on Monday. “And I was just dumb and drunk and I felt it. And it was… I was carrying on the Journey rant and I just kept talking and I shouldn’t have, and I… I felt bad about it. subject. So that’s the only thing. It’s the only thing. ”
CNN selected the Bravo star to co-host its 2017 New Years show after firing comedian Kathy Griffin from the concert for her photoshoot using a prop depicting President Trump’s bloody severed head of the time.
Cohen went viral in the early hours of 2022 for his rant against outgoing New York mayor Bill de Blasio.
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“The only thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on is what a horrible mayor he has been on. So sayonara sucker! 2022! It’s a new year, because guess what? that I’m gonna be standing here next year, and you know who I’m not gonna watch, dancing as the city crumbles? You! ” Cohen wandered off.
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Cooper seemed by turns amused and uncomfortable as he repeatedly tried to stop Cohen from leaving, and some observers who generally criticize CNN have found it to be a breath of fresh air.
Others criticized the liberal network for allowing Cohen’s drunken behavior.
Brian Flood of Fox News contributed to this report.