Andy Cohen to replace Kathy Griffin on CNN on New Year's Eve

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However, in discussion with Andy Cohen during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Cooper stated he was still friends with the disgraced comic following her forced resignation.

After CNN relieved Griffin from her duties, Cooper said he was "appalled" by the photo.

New Year's Eve will be a little bit gayer this year as Andy Cohen will join Anderson Cooper in co-hosting CNN's New Year's Eve celebration.

Cohen replaces comedian Kathy Griffin, the previous co-host, who was dismissed by CNN last spring after posting a video of herself holding a mask styled to look like the severed head of President Donald Trump.


After Kathy Griffin was unceremoniously booted from the gig, Anderson Cooper's New Year's Eve companion will be his longtime pal Andy Cohen, CNN announced on Wednesday. "We've travelled the world together and performed in 30 plus cities with "AC2" and it's all led to this one huge night!" "We found what she did disgusting and offensive", the network said in a statement at the time.

Soon after Cooper's comments, however, Griffin told The Cut that her friendship with Cooper was over, as she was "hurt deeply" by him declaring they were still friends without checking in with her first.

For his part, Cohen has also hosted several New Year's Eve specials in recent years, dating back to 2010.

The pair have been friends for decades, performing in standup/discussion shows across the globe.

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