Ryan Seacrest has expressed his support for CNN’s decision to limit Andy Cohen’s New Year’s Eve drinking, a year after the Bravo star called Seacrest’s performers a “bunch of losers.”
“I’m not advocating drinking while one’s on the air,” the longtime host of ABC’s “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve” told Entertainment Weekly Monday.
“I don’t know how it started as a tradition, but it’s probably a good idea [to scale back]CNN.”
Every year, Cohen and his best friend Anderson Cooper team up and instigate the evening’s festivities, which eventually take a hilarious turn when Cohen gets so drunk that he insults dignitaries like former Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“There are some pretty respectable people, or at least one, aren’t there?” Seacrest, 48, joked about the hosts of CNN’s New Year’s Eve.
“I think there’s a serious journalist and then there’s a friend of mine who’s having a lot of fun, but that’s probably a good idea.”
Seacrest blamed alcohol for Cohen’s abuse last year.
“[I don’t] think, if they didn’t drink, they would have said what they said about our performers,” he explained.
When Cohen, 54, emerged from the most recent grueling 2022 stint, he issued a “mea culpa” to Seacrest and the ABC crew.
“The only thing I regret saying is that I was very critical of ABC’s 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 it. So that’s the only thing [I regret]. That’s the only thing.”