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Andy Cohen to join Anderson Cooper for CNN's New Year's Eve show, replacing ousted Kathy Griffin

Longtime pals Anderson Cooper, left, and Andy Cohen will co-host CNN's New Year's Eve special. (Michael Loccisano / Getty Images)
Longtime pals Anderson Cooper, left, and Andy Cohen will co-host CNN's New Year's Eve special. (Michael Loccisano / Getty Images)

After Kathy Griffin was unceremoniously booted from the gig, Anderson Cooper's New Year's Eve companion will be his longtime pal, Andy Cohen, CNN announced Wednesday.

The CNN anchor will be joined by Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" host for this year's installment of the cable network's "New Year’s Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen."

Cohen replaces Griffin, who was terminated from the program in May after participating in a bloody photo shoot in which she held a fake severed head in the likeness of President Trump. She apologized, but the damage was done.

Cooper, who hosted the annual show for a decade alongside Griffin, distanced himself from the comic during the fallout. On Wednesday, he had plenty of praise for his new bubbly co-host.

"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.

Cohen also tweeted the news, writing that he "could not be more excited."

"I've been friends with Anderson for twenty-five years," he said in a statement. "We've traveled the world together and performed in 30 plus cities with 'AC2' and it's all led to this one huge night!"

CNN's "New Year's Eve Live," which broadcasts from New York's Times Square on Dec. 31, is in its 11th year and highlights celebrations from around the world, with plenty of banter and giggles from Cooper and his co-host.

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