Andy Cohen is set to replace Kathy Griffin as Anderson Cooper’s “New Year’s Eve Live” co-host on CNN after Griffin was dropped from the annual broadcast after participating in a photoshoot in which she posed with the decapitated head of Donald Trump, reports The Wrap.
Cohen confirmed the news in a tweet, writing: “The news is out! I’m co-hosting New Year’s Eve on CNN with @andersoncooper and I could not be more excited!”
The news is out! I'm co-hosting New Year's Eve on CNN with @andersoncooper and I could not be more excited!
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) October 11, 2017
Griffin initially apologized for the gory stunt, but later retracted her public mea culpa.
The Wrap reports that Griffin ended her personal friendship with Cooper after the newsman didn’t come to her defense following the fallout.
“Andy is the life of the party wherever he goes, and what bigger party is there than New Year’s Eve?” Cooper said in a statement. “It is going to be a blast!”
“I’ve been friends with Anderson for 25 years,” Cohen added. “We’ve travelled the world together and performed in 30 plus cities with ‘AC2’ and it’s all led to this one huge night!”
CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live” is now in its 11th year.