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January 05, 2020

Andy Cohen Accidentally Calls 50 Cent ‘Shaq’ during CNN’s Live New Year’s Eve Coverage

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Andy Cohen had a moment of forgetfulness while performing CNN hosting duties alongside his BFF Anderson Cooper on New Year's Eve, and it involved rapper, 50 Cent. 

There was an awkward moment to take note of on December 31 when Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen were hosting live from Times Square for CNN. 

The presenters were chatting live with rapper 50 Cent, who was in Miami, via satellite, and things seemed to be going just fine until an erroneous name call by Andy Cohen. 

Andy Cohen and 50 Cent on the set of Watch What Happens Live - Season 11 | Photo: Getty Images


Andy Cohen, trying to call the legendary rapper by name, mistakenly said, "Shaq," instead of "50 Cent." That call made 50 Cent to pause momentarily, after which Andy Cohen realized his error, and said the right name. 

Andy Cohen continued his conversation with the rapper, and the focus was on the big chain 50 Cent wore. The error got viral on social media, which lead to Andy been trolled.

One person tweeted:

"Andy Cohen had so much tequila he confused 50 Cent with Shaq."

Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper attend the Ralph Lauren fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Bethesda Terrace | Photo: Getty Images


Another user said:

"Andy Cohen just called 50 Cent "Shaq" on live TV, and I am living."

This is not the first time that 50 Cent would have Shaquille O'Neal come up while he was being interviewed on television.

Andy Cohen continued with his tradition of getting Anderson Cooper and other guests shots of liquor


During an episode of "Access Daily," the rapper was in for a surprise when a celebrity popped on him while he was live on the show, and that celebrity turned out to be Shaquille O'Neal.

50 Cent was, however, happy to have the former NBA star crash his interview, joking to Kit Hoover, Scott Evans, and Sibley Scoles, that he was ready for the surprise to be Wendy Williams instead.

The rapper also tweeted about the meeting with Shaq, saying:

"I was feeling big till Shaq showed up."


Shaquille O'Neal, on the other hand, was delighted to be meeting with 50 Cent. Shaq said that though he and 50 hadn't met before, they had discussed business previously, and he was a huge fan of the rapper. 


In hosting CNN's "New Year's Eve Live" for 2019

, Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper were doing it together for the third time in a row, and together, they served up a great spectacle. 

Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper on set of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen | Photo: Getty Images

The duo pivoted anchors of the television news network, correspondents, as well as musical guests at New Year's Eve parties all over the country. 

In the live show, Andy Cohen continued with his tradition of getting Anderson Cooper and other guests shots of liquor, including tequila and Jägermeister. This time, the presenters began their drinking spree at 8 p.m.