Andy Cohen Taking Kathy Griffin’s Spot as Co-Host on CNN’s New Year’s Eve With Anderson Cooper
Back in May, Kathy Griffin made headlines everywhere when a photo of her beheading US President Donald Trump surfaced the Internet. Subsequently, she lost her CNN contract to host their New Year’s Eve program, many of her endorsements were taken away, her shows were canceled, and apparently, she lost her friendship with her co-host Anderson Cooper. And now, she’s been replaced on the holiday special by Andy Cohen.
“The news is out! I’m co-hosting New Year’s Eve on CNN with @andersooncooper and I could not be more excited!” the talk show host announced via Twitter on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Anderson said of the big announcement, “Andy is the life of the party wherever he goes and what bigger party is there than New Year’s Eve? It’s going to be a blast!”
We wonder how Kathy feels about Andy’s new gig, especially now that she and Anderson reportedly aren’t even friends anymore. According to The Cut, Kathy wasn’t too thrilled about Anderson’s July appearance on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. While on the show, he spoke out about Kathy’s controversial incident saying, “Yeah, we’re still friends. Look, I said a lot. I said what I said. I didn’t think what she said was appropriate but I wish her the best and back on the road.”
However, once the photo came out, he was quick to give his opinion on Twitter. “For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in,” he tweeted at the time. “It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”
Writer Yashar Ali wrote on The Cut that Kathy was upset by this. “The fact that Cooper was telling people publicly they were friends, while not checking in with her, hurt Griffin deeply,” he said. “When he finally reached out to her in a series of text messages, she told him their friendship was over.”
Kathy and Anderson in November 2014.
After the photo went viral and Kathy was criticized immensely, she took to social media to apologize for her fans. “I’m just now seeing the reaction to these images. I’m a comic. I cross the line. I move the line then I cross it. I went way too far,” she wrote. “The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my career, I will continue. I ask your forgiveness.” The whole situation is unfortunate, but we can’t wait to see Andy and Anderson rock New Year’s Eve this year!