Ryan Seacrest: It’s good that CNN is restricting drinking on New Year’s Eve

Seacrest referenced Andy Cohen’s drunken diss of him during the 2021 New Year’s show.

The most watched New Year’s Eve coverage each year is ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, hosted by Ryan Seacrest since 2006, and CNN’s coverage of the holiday, hosted by Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen since 2018. This year’s CNN show promises to be a slightly less boozy event than usual — and in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Seacrest weighed in on the decision of his show’s closest rival.

“I’m not advocating drinking when you’re on the air. I don’t know how this started as a tradition, but it’s probably a good idea [to scale back]CNN,” Seacrest said.

During last year’s coverage, Cohen threw a few jabs at the ABC show and Seacrest, while drunk on air, referred to the show as “Ryan Seacrest’s bunch of losers performing behind us,” saying, “I mean, by all accounts [respect], if you watched ABC tonight, you didn’t see anything. I’m sorry.” Cohen later apologized for his comments on his SiriusXM radio show.

“There are some pretty respectable people out there, or at least one, right? I think there’s one serious journalist and then a friend of mine who’s having a lot of fun, but it’s probably a good idea,” Seacrest said, apparently referring to Cooper and Cohen, respectively. “Although viewers probably wish they would drink more. But I think they had something to say about my show at one point and it was about the alcohol because I don’t think they would say what they said about our cast if they weren’t drinking. But you know, I think our show is a bigger, broader show and we’re not going to drink until 1:05 in the morning. Although I could send them some Casa Dragones tequila just to tempt them while they’re on the air.”

In November, it was reported that Chris Licht, CEO of CNN, who took control in May this year, told employees at a town hall meeting that he wanted his first New Year’s Eve on the network to be a sober affair, out of concern that previous incidents damaged the station’s “reputability” as a news source. Though Cohen and Cooper are reportedly allowed to have a few drinks throughout the night, CNN is said to be encouraging sobriety among other reporters during this year’s New Year’s Eve coverage. In recent years, the channel’s coverage has garnered considerable social media attention due to loosening restrictions on anchors and correspondents working nights, resulting in some memorably chaotic segments from normally buttoned-up CNN talent. Don Lemon, in particular, has made headlines in the past for getting his ear pierced on camera and ranting about his “haters.”

Cohen during a “Watch What’s Happening Live!” episode soon after reports from City Hall came out, said In response to his plans to “party harder” on December 31 than in previous years. So we’re probably still getting a segment like last year, in which “Real Housewives” executive producer called Bill de Blasio the “fuckiest” mayor in New York City history.

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