CNN has denied firing Andy Cohen from hosting their annual New Year’s Eve show, revealing in a new statement that while they aren’t happy with some of the comments he made on air, they will be sticking with him moving forward.
Andy hosts the annual New Year’s Eve show on CNN alongside Anderson Cooper and is facing backlash for criticizing outgoing NYC mayor Bill de Blasio in a two-minute rant, later blaming his comments on being “overserved.” He also openly mocked Ryan Seacrest and his competing New Year’s Eve show, while also taking a few minutes to slam rock band Journey.
Now, the network is speaking out following numerous tweets and viewer comments about the Bravo host’s performance. “Andy said something he shouldn’t have on live tv,” CNN told PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. “We’ve addressed it with him and look forward to having him back again next year.”
According to Andy, however, the only comments he actually regrets are the ones towards Seacrest, although we doubt that’s why CNN executives had to speak to him following the broadcast.
This is a developing story. We’ll keep you updated as further details come in.