Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper spent New Year’s Eve live from New York’s Times Square for the sixth year as co-hosts. But this year was a little different.
For the first time, Cohen and Cooper’s NYE didn’t include any correspondents drinking on camera. The change came after last year’s broadcast, when Cohen made a comment about the band Journey and Ryan Seacrest that he says was “inappropriate.”
The Watch What Happens Live the host, who was drinking with Cooper on air during their NYE show, saw the band Journey perform Dick Clark is New Year’s Eve Rockin’ Eve without their former frontman Steve Perry. He called the show’s hosts “a bunch of Ryan Seacrest losers” and said that anyone watching ABC that night “didn’t see anything.”
As a result, Cohen and Cooper were not allowed to drink alcohol until after midnight, when Brian Cox brought them a bottle of champagne. Instead of alcohol, they had mystery shots of things like apple cider vinegar, buttermilk, and cucumber juice at the top of each hour. But the sober evening did not go unnoticed by some of the show’s guests, such as John Stamos, Kevin Hart and Amy Sedaris.
At the start of the four-hour broadcast, Sedaris asked the hosts what they were wearing if they hadn’t been drinking during the show, then proceeded to list silly-sounding drug names like “reindeer dust”, “scorpion seed”, “thunder clap” and “apple jack diablo powder” .
“Are they all hot stuff?” asked Cooper Sedaris. “It’s hot stuff,” she replied, adding, “Did you snort it? Chew it? Dilute it in water and drink it? Rub it all over each other’s private parts?”
Another was Stamos, who appeared via video in a tuxedo with his wife and their son from their home. When Cohen asked him what it was like to host Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s EveWith Heather Locklear in 1988, Stamos admitted he doesn’t remember much because they drank “unlike you.”
“I’m glad you don’t drink. I didn’t drink for seven and a half years,” the actor continued. “But you’re funnier when you drink.
Later in the evening, Cohen and Cooper turned things over to Hart, who was live from Las Vegas to perform his stand-up special. Reality Check: New Year’s Eve experience. Hart expressed early on that he was disappointed that the men were sober during their show this year.
“Do what you can’t do,” the comedian told the hosts. “I will shoot you because you have been deceived. I can’t believe you. I can’t believe CNN is telling you not to go and relax in such a good, real way. This is perfect television.”
Hart continued, with parts beeped from the net, “I can’t believe they pulled this shit on you.” That’s right, CNN, I said shit. I said shit. I said bullshit. I said it all. I’m angry. It pisses me off that you sobered up these two guys here today. Here’s a sample of what you should do—from me to you.”
He ended on a more serious and positive note by saying that great television is made by great people being themselves.
“You can’t take away the vices or the drugs that make them who they are,” Hart said. “You are who you are.” You shined on this platform because they allowed you to be you. Don’t take it that way. You celebrate it, toast it, and amplify it. This is good television. That’s why good television works.”
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