Is Andy Cohen Returning to CNN New Year’s Special? Network Finally Breaks Silence

It has now become a New Year’s Eve tradition to watch Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper on CNN. The duo is real-life friends, and their chemistry on-screen is uncanny. Both television personalities are so comfortable with each other, so the telecast feels like viewers are eavesdropping into a private party. However, Cohen seemed to be so at ease that he made a slip up that he admits to regretting.

A new report suggested that the cable news network was unhappy with the Bravo star and would not ask him to return to ring in 2023. Now CNN is breaking their silence and updating fans on where they stand with Cohen.

Andy Cohen surprised as paparazzi catch him in NYC
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Andy Cohen fired from CNN?

Radar Online first reported that CNN was not pleased with Cohen’s work during the live broadcast on New Year’s Eve. The website alleged that many staffers had complained about The Real Housewives producer for the negativity he was bringing to the network with his remarks on-air.

“We claim to be the most trusted network in news and yet CNN hires Andy Cohen to make a fool out of all of us with his New Year’s performance?” a source told Radar. “Andy doesn’t even work for CNN and yet he has been the face of our network for the past 48 hours. It is embarrassing and real CNN staffers are very angry.”

Another source at the cable network added, “Nothing has been made official yet, but internally we have been told that Andy will not be invited back next year. Embarrassing himself is one thing, but embarrassing Anderson Cooper is another. It was already known that Anderson doesn’t want to host next year’s special, he would rather ring the new year in with his son. And without Anderson, thankfully there will be no Andy Cohen.”

Andy Cohen smirks on the set of 'Watch What Happens Live'
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CNN would later release a statement denying the previous report.

“Andy said something he shouldn’t have on live TV. We’ve addressed it with him and look forward to having him back again next year,” the spokesperson said.

Andy Cohen has regrets from CNN special

Cohen was aware of the backlash he had received on social media. The host talked about fronting the CNN special on his SiriusXM show. The Watch What Happens Live host said that his one regret of the night was bashing their competition at ABC.

“The only thing that I regret saying, the only thing is that I slammed the ABC broadcast. And I really like Ryan Seacrest and he’s a great guy,” he said on Radio Andy. “I really regret saying that. And I was just stupid and drunk and feeling it. I just kept talking, and I shouldn’t have.”

On the live broadcast for New Year’s Eve, Cohen said, “Ryan Seacrest’s group of losers that are performing behind us. I mean, with all due [respect], if you’ve been watching ABC tonight, you’ve seen nothing. I’m sorry.”

Cohen said he hoped Seacrest would listen to the whole clip in context so the American Idol host understands that it wasn’t a dig at him.

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