Ryan Seacrest voice his support for CNN’s decision to limit Andy Cohen’s drinking on New Year’s Eve — one year after the Bravo star referred to Seacrest’s performers as “a group of losers.”
“I don’t advocate drinking when one is on the air,” the longtime host of ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” told Entertainment Weekly Monday.
“I don’t know how that started as a tradition, but it’s probably a good idea [to scale back], CNN.”
Each year, Cohen and his best friend Anderson Cooper team up and imbibe throughout the evening’s celebrations, which ultimately take a hilarious turn when Cohen gets drunk enough to insult high-ranking officials such as former Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“There’s some pretty respectable people or at least one, right?” Seacrest, 48, joked about the hosts of CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live.”
“I think there’s a serious journalist and then a friend of mine who has a lot of fun, but it’s probably a good idea.”
Seacrest blamed Cohen’s insults last year, of which he was a victim, on the alcohol.
“[I don’t] think they would say what they said about our performers if they weren’t drinking,” he explained.
When Cohen, 54, emerged from what must have been a severe hangover at the top of 2022, he issued a mea culpa to Seacrest and the ABC staff.
“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,” Cohen said of Seacrest’s production.
“And I really regret saying that, and I was just stupid and drunk and feeling it.”
He added, “I just kept talking, and I shouldn’t have, and I felt bad about that. So that is the only thing [I regret]. It’s the only thing.”