Andy Cohen to Replace Kathy Griffin as Anderson Cooper’s ‘New Year’s Eve Live’ Co-Host

CNN anchor’s got a new BFF

Andy Cohen is set to replace Kathy Griffin as Anderson Cooper’s “New Year’s Eve Live” co-host on CNN. Maybe just don’t do any gory photoshoots between now and then, Andy — we know Halloween can be tempting.

Earlier this year, Griffin was dropped from the annual celebration after doing a photoshoot in which she posed with the decapitated head of Donald Trump. She eventually apologized for the mask stunt, but then later retracted that public mea culpa.

Per the comedian, she and Cooper ended their personal friendship after the newsman didn’t come to her defense following the fallout. So, yeah, they probably wouldn’t have shared a kiss at midnight this time around.

Anyway, “Andy is the life of the party wherever he goes, and what bigger party is there than New Year’s Eve?” Cooper said in a statement. “It is going to be a blast!”

“I’ve been friends with Anderson for 25 years,” Cohen added. “We’ve travelled the world together and performed in 30 plus cities with ‘AC2’ and it’s all led to this one huge night!”

CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live” is now in its 11th year.