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Andy Cohen Will Replace Kathy Griffin On CNN's New Year's Eve Show

Andy Cohen Will Replace Kathy Griffin On CNN's New Year's Eve Show

In the fallout to her controversial photo with Donald Trump's severed head, Kathy Griffin lost her coveted New Year's Eve slot on CNN opposite Anderson Cooper.

"Andy is the life of the party wherever he goes, and what bigger party is there than New Year's Eve?".

Added Cohen, "I've been friends with Anderson for 25 years".

CNN announced Griffin would be fired from her hosting gig nearly immediately after the fake, bloody head photo went public. "We found what she did disgusting and offensive", CNN said in a statement at the time.

When Cooper appeared on Cohen's Bravo late-night show Watch What Happens Live in July, he said he and Griffin were "still friends". "We are pleased to see she has apologized and asked that the photos be taken down".

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CNN is bidding auld lang syne to the team that has helped its viewers ring in the New Year since 2007.

The Wrap is reporting the Bravo honcho will join the other AC for Anderson Cooper's New Year's Eve Live on December 31.

Cohen "could not be more excited", he said in a Tweet.

Now in its 11th year, CNN's New Year's Eve show is a global celebration featuring contributions from CNN correspondents across the country and around the world.

Griffin and Cooper previously served as co-hosts of the show since 2007 and had been longtime friends for almost two decades before their falling out in the wake of the Trump photo scandal.