The disgraced liberal comedian Kathy Griffin is being thrown out of New Year’s Eve special. Andy Cohen is taking Griffin’s place, following Griffin’s scandal not long ago, when she posted a picture of her holding a decapitated head of President Trump.
According to The Hill:
The cable network announced the move on Wednesday.
Cohen, the host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” and producer of the network’s “Real Housewives” franchise, tweeted:
The news is out! I’m co-hosting New Year’s Eve on CNN with @andersoncooper and I could not be more excited!
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) October 11, 2017
“Andy is the life of the party wherever he goes, and what bigger party is there than New Year’s Eve? It is going to be a blast!” Cooper said in a news release.
Griffin lost her long-standing New Year’s Eve gig with the CNN anchor in May after she starred in a gruesome photo shoot showing her holding up a prop made to look like President Trump’s decapitated head.
After initially apologizing for the images, saying she went “too far,” Griffin retracted her apology, calling the outrage “B.S.”
She later said “I’m not laying down for this guy (TRUMP).”
“I’m going to keep making jokes about this guy,” she said.
Cohen has been critical of Trump, comparing the commander in chief’s tweets to those of “Real Housewives” cast members and once responding to a Twitter post from the president about his plan to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military by writing:
Are you TRYING to be an asshole? https://t.co/QW9axAScmO
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) July 26, 2017
Cohen and Cooper are longtime friends who have toured across the country together as part of an unscripted show.
Cooper is a regular guest on Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live show, and they even discussed Griffin getting fired on an episode in July. In a statement (viaDeadline), Cooper said that Cohen is “the life of the party wherever he goes,” so hopefully he’ll be able to bring the same level of Cooper-breaking wacky energy that Griffin always did.