Andy Cohen Will Replace Kathy Griffin as Co-host of CNN's New Year's Eve Special

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

More than four months after comedian Kathy Griffin was relieved of her hosting duties for CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live program over participating in seditious photoshopping mischief, Andy Cohen was named as her replacement.


Cohen announced his new gig via Twitter on Wednesday:

Griffin and Anderson Cooper had been co-hosting the New Year’s Eve special for a decade when in May the image of a placid Griffin holding aloft the bloodied, severed head of Donald Trump (guys, it was a fake!) hit the Internet and…did not go over well, to say the least, especially with politicians and executives.

Cooper is still co-hosting, and he said in a statement welcoming his new on-camera buddy, “Andy is the life of the party wherever he goes, and what bigger party is there than New Year’s Eve?”

Oh hell yeah can’t wait to party through the tiny, confetti-strewn hours when 2017 is dead and 2018 has yet to prove disastrous.

contributing writer, nights



I really like Kathy Griffin. I will miss her and her chemistry with Anderson. I know she’s problematic, but I sense that her heart is big. (I have a group of girlfriends; we’ve been friends for over 30 years...through all kinds of shit and we are all “problematic”...Kathy would fit right in. I hope she has those kinds of girlfriends.)