Andy Cohen is parched and determined to drink.
The “Watch What Happens Live” host doubled down on imbibing this New Year’s Eve — despite CNN trying to ban alcohol on its broadcast.
“It’s fun for me because I’m a guest on CNN, so I’m like a visitor,” Cohen told Rolling Stone in an interview published Wednesday.
“I’m going to just march back to Bravo at 12:30 in the morning and be done with it, and so I can kind of torch the place while I’m there, and then head out.”
Cohen, 54, said his “job” as co-host with longtime friend Anderson Cooper is to take the CNN anchor, 55, “out of his comfort zone” for the night and have fun.
“My job is to be a party ringleader for everyone watching us on New Year’s Eve,” Cohen told the magazine. “And that is what I will continue to do.”
Cohen, who has co-anchored the CNN show since the 2017-2018 celebration, made headlines last year when he described the performers on Ryan Seacrest’s ABC broadcast as a “bunch of losers.” He apologized days later, but Seacrest said earlier this week that he supported CNN’s decision to cut the booze in light of Cohen’s remark.
“I don’t advocate drinking when one is on the air,” the longtime host of ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” told Entertainment Weekly an interview released Monday.
“I don’t know how that started as a tradition, but it’s probably a good idea [to scale back], CNN.”
Seacrest, 48, went one step further with his jab and described Cooper as “a serious journalist” and Cohen as someone “who has a lot of fun.”
“[I don’t] think they would say what they said about our performers if they weren’t drinking,” the “Live” co-host added.
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