Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen to Host New Years on CNN

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When CNN cut ties with comedian Kathy Griffin in the wake of a controversial photo showing her holding a decapitated President Donald Trump head the question became who would co-host the network’s New Years Eve coverage with Anderson Cooper. On Wednesday, CNN announced that Andy Cohen, a personal friend of Cooper’s and host of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, will co-host the program.

New Years with Cooper and Griffin was a ratings bonanza for CNN and expanded in length over the years so that the 2016 edition started at 8:00 PM ET. A CNN spokesperson did not respond as to whether this year’s edition will start at the same time.

While this will be the first year for Cohen and Cooper to co-host New Years Eve, it will not be their first time co-hosting together. The two have gone on tour as AC2 since 2015.

“Andy is the life of the party wherever he goes, and what bigger party is there than New Year’s Eve? It is going to be a blast!” Cooper said in a statement.

Cohen added, “I’ve been friends with Anderson for twenty-five years. We’ve travelled the world together and performed in 30 plus cities with “AC2″ and it’s all led to this one huge night.”

Recently, Brooke Baldwin and Don Lemon have contributed coverage from New Orleans and acted as secondary co-hosts throughout the evening with their presence growing over the years. A CNN spokesperson did not respond as to whether they would appear again this year.

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Tyler is the chief media reporter for TKNN, with the news organization since its founding in November of 2010. He has previously served as chief political reporter and chief political anchor for TKNN.

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