During last year’s CNN New Years Eve program, co-host Andy Cohen, insulted Ryan Seacrest and ABC’s telecast of the event. Cohen has become a regular on Anderson Cooper’s New Years Eve show and they have made a tradition of taking shots together on air.
“If you look behind me, you’ll see Ryan Seacrest’s group of losers performing,” Cohen said during a broadcast. “I’m sorry but if you’re watching ABC, you’re watching nothing.”
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly Seacrest fired back at CNN and Cohen’s boozy behavior:
“I don’t advocate drinking when one is on the air. I don’t know how that started as a tradition, but it’s probably a good idea [to scale back], CNN. ”
“But I think they had something to say about my show at one point, which was I’m sure from the alcohol because I don’t think they would say what they said about our performers if they weren’t drinking. But, you know, I think our show’s a bigger, broader show, and we will not drink until 1:05 in the morning. Although I might send them some Casa Dragones tequila just to tempt them while they’re on the air,”
In November, the newly instated CNN chairman and CEO, Chris Licht, informed employees that the network plans to limit employees from drinking on-air but that Cohen and Cooper will still be allowed to indulge, according to Variety.