Kathy Griffin took a shot at CNN ahead of the network’s New Year’s Eve coverage with anchor Anderson Cooper and his co-host for the event, Andy Cohen.
“I can’t wait to watch Miley and Dolly tonight,” Griffin was fired as co-host of the show. He posted his thoughts on Instagram.
Fox News reported that the remarks were an apparent reference to NBC’s competing New Year show with Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton.
“Ugh. Every year someone sends me this clip around New Year’s Eve,” Griffin commented in the post. “This guy was my boss for years. Decided whether or not I worked at Bravo. Can you imagine seeing your ex boss on TMZ like…this? Ouch! Anyway, I can’t wait to watch Miley and Dolly tonight.”
Cooper and Cohen rang in the New Year You can join the network by drinking non-alcoholic beverages.
In November, Chris Licht, CEO of CNN and chairman of the company town hall, addressed the audience. informed staff that he would put a stop to much of the drinking that has usually been a hallmark of CNN’s New Year’s Eve programming.
At the time, it was believed Anderson Cooper would allow hosts to continue drinking while broadcasting, but Don Lemon and anchors would be banned from drinking during broadcast.
However, Cohen exclaimed during live television coverage, “We can’t drink!”
Cohen claimed that he kept a small stash of edibles. “Will I take them? I don’t think so,” He said. “I don’t know. It’s a long night. This is a telethon with no disease. Do you understand? We’re here all night! Passing time!”
Cohen and Cooper took shots of non-alcoholic drugs instead.
“What we are doing is we are taking a mystery shot!” Cohen said.
They had shots of buttermilk and pickle juice, Mediaite reported.
Anderson Cooper, CNN’s Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper continued the New Year’s Eve mystery shots with a new drink: buttermilk https://t.co/5MxpKEO1Mh pic.twitter.com/cBYLkgUP7o
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) January 1, 2023
This year will be the first New Year’s Eve show overseen by Licht since he took over the network in February. During the meeting, Licht reportedly told staffers that drinking on-air eroded the presenters’ credibility and “respectability.”
Last year, there was a lot of controversy over Lemon and Cohen’s alcohol-fueled rants during the broadcast. First, Lemon ranted Talk to Alisyn Camerota, a fellow host, and Dulce Sloan, a comedian about any criticisms he receives. “I don’t give a — what you think about me, what do you think about that?” Lemon. “I’m a grown-a** man. I don’t care what you think about me.”
“I am who I am,” Lemon continues. “I’m a grown, successful black man who a lot of people hate because they’re not used to people seeing me — and people like me — in the position that I am. To be able to share what I … my point of view on television, it freaks people out. And you know what? You can kiss my behind. I do not care. I don’t care. I really don’t care. I have one life, and this is who I am, and I feel very, um … blessed and honored to be in this position to be able to do this. So all the hate I get? It’s motivation to me. Bring it. I don’t care.”
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