Andy Cohen upset the staff of CNN when he went on an epic rant while drunkenly hosting the network’s NYE special.
Cohen, 53, admitted that he had been “over-served” when he tore into outgoing NYC mayor Bill de Blasio and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve host Ryan Seacrest, and CNN employees are “embarrassed and angry” about his behavior.
“We claim to be the most trusted network in news and yet CNN hires Andy Cohen to make a fool out of all of us with his New Year’s performance?” An insider at the network reportedly said.
“Andy doesn’t even work for CNN and yet he has been the face of our network for the past 48 hours. It is embarrassing and real CNN staffers are very angry.”
Cohen, for his part, gives zero f–ks. “I will not be shamed for having fun on New Year’s Eve,” he told Howard Stern on Monday.
“Not only was it a middling year but it ended in a car crash of COVID and Betty White dying on the day of New Year’s Eve – who everyone loved – so it was like, ‘we gotta kick it into gear, we gotta have fun.’”
Cohen did say he felt bad about knocking Ryan Seacrest during his tirade. “If you look behind me, you’ll see Ryan Seacrest’s group of losers performing,” he told viewers. “I’m sorry but if you’re watching ABC, you’re watching nothing.”
“I really like Ryan Seacrest. He’s a really nice guy,” he said to the shock jock. “I was, as they say, in my cups and I was kind of enjoying the rant. I was like ‘wow, it’s really fun being on CNN, just ranting like a nutty guy. This is fun.’ So I kept going and, that I felt bad about that, I felt bad and I texted Ryan the next morning.”
Cohen did not feel bad about ripping into New York City mayor Bill de Blasio during the special. “Watching Mayor de Blasio do his victory lap dance after four years of the crappiest job as mayor of New York.”
“The only thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on is what a horrible mayor he has been, so, SAYONARA, SUCKER! 2022! It’s a new year!” He continued. “’Cause guess what? I have a feeling I’m going to be standing right here next year, and do you know what I’m not gonna be looking at? Dancing as the city comes apart.”
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