Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen to Co-Host CNN on New Year's Eve

Andy Cohen replaces Kathy Griffin for CNN's New Year's show

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It is going to be a blast!" said Cooper in today's announcement, while Cohen said, "I've been friends with Anderson for twenty-five years.

Andy Cohen will join Anderson Cooper as the co-host of CNN's New Year's Eve celebration.

Cohen and Cooper will also likely be one of the few, if not the first, openly gay pair to co-host a New Year's Eve show. After Griffin posted a photo of herself brandishing a severed head that looked like President Trump, CNN chose to cut ties with the comedienne. "We've traveled the world together and performed in 30 plus cities with "AC2" and it's all led to this one huge night!"

Andy Cohen was announced as the new co-host of CNN's New Year's Eve coverage - a role that was previously held by Griffin before she posed with a faux decapitated head of President Trump in a photo. Cooper said in a news release.

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Donald and Melania Trump lambasted her for the photo. He exec-produced several of her stand-up specials that premiered on the NBCUniversal cabler in the early 2000s.

Cohen is the host of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live", so he knows the hosting routine. This will be the 11th year for the special.

Cohen "could not be more excited", he said in a Tweet.

Per the comedian, she and Cooper ended their personal friendship after the newsman didn't come to her defense following the fallout.

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