Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

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

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Elaine Woods | 13 October, 2017, 00:51

Andy Cohen will take Kathy Griffin's place while counting down the clock during CNN's New Year's Eve Live broadcast in NY this year.

As you may know, CNN fired Kathy from her position in May after her highly controversial photo where she posed along with a prop created to imitate Donald Trump's head. The network says that instead, Anderson Cooper will co-host the celebration teamed with Andy Cohen, host of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live". The twosome will ring in 2018 from Times Square on CNN's "New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen" on Sunday, December 31.

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"I've been friends with Anderson for twenty-five years", Cohen stated. Griffin and Cooper had co-hosted CNN's New Year's Eve coverage since 2007. "We've traveled the world together and performed in 30 plus cities with 'AC2, ' and it's all led to this one huge night!" He executive produced several of her stand-up specials that premiered on the NBCUniversal cabler in the early 2000s. The two tour regularly and host a night of conversation across the country.

Cohen and Cooper have appeared on one another's shows constantly over the years. Both Cohen and Cooper have also served as frequent guest co-hosts on fellow friend and media personality Kelly Ripa's morning show, particularly before Ryan Seacrest was named her permanent co-host.

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