Andy Cohen Wonders Why Times Square Partiers Aren’t Running for the Bathroom After Midnight

After an evening of hosting New Year’s Eve in Times Square, Andy Cohen wondered why some people continued to linger after the ball drop. Cohen joined CNN’s Anderson Cooper again this year for a program of jokes, guests and plenty of shots that prompt Cooper to make a bevy of funny faces.

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen attend the Times Square New Year's Eve 2020 Celebration
Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen attend the Times Square New Year’s Eve 2020 Celebration |Manny Carabel/FilmMagic

Cooper and Cohen were perched high above the packed sea of revelers as they rang in 2020. After the hugs and kisses at midnight, most Times Square partygoers typically head out pretty quickly, likely looking for sustenance and a bathroom. But to Cohen’s dismay, many people lingered long after midnight and he wondered why.

Cohen shared a video to his Instagram story asking people wandering in Times Square if they have to pee. He also posted videos walking into the gig, remarking about the mild weather too.

Feeling bullish in the ‘balmy’ weather

As Cohen and Cooper make their way through Times Square behind a barricade, Cohen notes that the weather is unseasonably warm. “I’m feeling bullish about this Anderson,” he says as he walks through Times Square. “It’s downright balmy outside. I think we’re going into the hotel.”

He says hello to the crowd and receives a weary response. “Look at these hats,” he says. “The crowd seems really pumped.” He says making a face and using a sarcastic tone. “They only have five more hours to wait.” As he talks he grimaces at the thought of standing in the crowd for five hours.

Later, Cohen shares more video with Cooper, discussing different performances and making quips. “It’s a telethon with no disease happening on CNN,” he jokes. Cooper injects, “And no politics!”

Who is still in Times Square at 12:20?

The next video in Cohen’s Instagram story is a shot of the crowd still mingling in Times Square after the ball drop. “If you’re wondering who’s in Times Square at 12:20,” Cohen says. He pans the camera over the crowd and the people go wild. “Everybody’s running for the bathrooms, but these guys are still here. And drunk Anderson is here too!”

But then Cohen shouts toward the crowd. “Don’t you guys have to pee?” He receives more cheering from the pretty large crowd. The remaining group must have some pretty strong bladders. According to the Times Square official website, no bathrooms are provided on New Year’s Eve. “There are no portable restrooms in Times Square during the celebration,” according to the FAQs.

Once you arrive, you can’t leave

Also, once you arrive in your spot in Times Square you cannot leave and then return. “Please remember that if you leave your viewing area to dine in a restaurant, you will not be able to return to your spot in a viewing area,” the FAQ reminded people. Also, “The Annual New Year’s Eve celebration is a free event open to everyone on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are no public viewing spaces available for sale. However, to get the best view, arrive early in the afternoon.”

Even though partiers have to remain in place if they want to see the ball drop in Times Square, most seemed perfectly fine with that rule. “The #NYE celebration has begun and we’re watching with 2020 vision! Revelers are doing what they do best – dancing, singing along and cheesing wide while counting down to the new year,” the Times Square Instagram shared along with a photo of a group of happy people.