CNN has issued a statement addressing remarks made by New Year’s Eve co-host Andy Cohen, who admits that he may have had too much to drink that night.
Cohen, who stood alongside Anderson Cooper, got more and more drunk as the night wore on which made for some interesting comments and observations. At one point, a giant cloud of stage smoke billowed out during a performance from rock band Journey.
“There’s a bunch of smoke coming from Ryan Seacrest’s group of losers that are performing behind us,” Cohen explained to viewers, to Cooper’s amusement. “I mean, with all due — if you’ve been watching ABC tonight, you’ve seen nothing. I’m sorry, but it’s true.”
While Cohen had plenty of controversial remarks that night, mocking Seacrest was the only moment that he genuinely regretted.
“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 and I really regret saying that,” Cohen admitted on Monday. “And I was just stupid and drunk and feeling it. And it was… I was continuing the Journey rant and I just kept talking and I shouldn’t have, and I… I felt bad about that. So that is the only thing. It’s the only thing.”
CNN made an official comment on the matter revealing that Cohen will be back for the 2022 New Year’s Eve celebration.
“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.”
At one point during the night, Cohen had turned his ire toward then-outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio. He made his distaste for him quite clear, giving him a true New Yorker sendoff:
“Watching Mayor de Blasio do his victory lap dance after four years of the crappiest term as the mayor of New York… the only thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on is what a horrible mayor he has been so… sayonara sucker!” Cohen remarked.
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New York City’s new mayor Eric Adams may be glad that his predecessor is universally disliked, as it helps his likeability rating among his constituents, but he’s also coming in at a time of crisis for most New Yorkers, as crime spikes and faith in their elected officials free-falls.
While his accomplishments are yet to be seen, his 22 years as a police officer may be just what the Big Apple needs to turn their image and the lives of those who live there around.
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