Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen rang in the new year via CNN's annual New Year's Eve Live broadcast from Times Square in New York for the fourth time, and their antics made for a record-breaking show.
Longtime friends and co-hosts of CNN's New Year's Eve celebration, Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper didn't let the ball drop on the unprecedented way they had to host the annual bash.
The two friends and television personalities entertained viewers with their friendly banter and reactions to tequila shots that got more hilarious with each turn. Now they have another reason to celebrate.
Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen at SiriusXM Studios on January 13, 2017, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images.
THE AMENDED CELEBRATION
Cohen and Cooper ushered in 2021 from an empty Times Square, which brimmed with happy faces in past years as they waited for the infamous ball drop at the stroke of midnight.
Nonetheless, the two friends kicked off CNN's annual celebration via live broadcast from 8 pm ET on December 31, and fans loved every minute of the show from the safety of their homes.
While performances included appearances from Carole Baskin, Josh Groban, Snoop Dogg, John Mayer, Patti Labelle, and more, Cohen and Cooper got to drinking shots on behalf of themselves and everyone else.
"I have not had a shot since, I think, the last time we were here," Cooper mused before the two friends downed their first drink for the evening.
The show's producer for the past five years, Eric Hall, knew the focus would be on the two friends and their antics, exactly the kind of feel they wanted to give, and the "historic, but surreal" show ended up being a hit.
According to Cooper, Benjamin is getting a bit old for the title.
On Tuesday, Cohen took to social media to share that their broadcast became the top watched New Year's celebration on cable television and in CNN's history, and to thank fans for tuning in as he wrote:
"Thank you for hanging out with us virtually & for all the laughs. I can still hear AC giggling in the back of my head! (Also I can still taste the tequila)."
Earlier in December 2020, the two friends entertained fans with a humorous transition of the "Cutest Baby Alive" title, which Cooper's son, Wyatt, now holds after taking over from Cohen's tot Benjamin.
According to Cooper, Benjamin is getting a bit old for the title since he is just shy of turning two, but Cohen jokingly retorted that Wyatt only got the title because Benjamin turned it down.