Andy Cohen claims his drunken NYE rant on CNN was to cheer people up after Betty White’s death

Andy Cohen (pictured in his New York City studio on Tuesday) has 'no apologies' for his drunken brawl during CNN's New Year's Eve special, claiming he was trying to cheer people up in the wake of Betty White's death

Andy Cohen (pictured in his New York City studio on Tuesday) has ‘no apologies’ for his drunken brawl during CNN’s New Year’s Eve special, claiming he was trying to cheer people up in the wake of Betty White’s death

Andy Cohen has ‘no apologies’ for his drunken rant during CNN’s New Year’s Eve special, claiming he was trying to cheer people up in the wake of Betty White’s death.

The talk show host, who appeared on the Howard Stern Show on Tuesday, was asked about reports CNN staffers were furious at him for blowing up outgoing NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio while intoxicated. But Cohen was adamant, saying: ‘I do not want to be ashamed to have fun on New Year’s Eve …

‘Not only was it a mid-year, but it ended in a car accident with COVID and Betty White, who died on New Year’s Eve – which everyone loved – so it was like,’ we have to put it in gear, we have to have fun, ” he said.

White died at her home in LA at the age of 99 on New Year’s Eve, sending her many fans into mourning, with Cohen now claiming his jokes were intended to try to lighten their mood.

Cohen, 53, while hosting the network’s New Year’s Eve broadcast, went on a furious blast from outgoing New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and ABC host Ryan Seacrest.

The presenter admitted to being ‘overserved’ with alcohol while hosting the thesis alongside Anderson Cooper, and later admitted that he was ‘stupid and drunk and felt it.’

However, Cohen – who was pictured happy into his NYC studies on Tuesday – said he has ‘no apologies for my New Year’s drinking, no’ and claimed that CNN and network president Jeff Zucker have not spoken to him.

‘The only direction I get every year from Jeff Zucker is to have fun. That’s my job, he told Stern. ‘I do not want to be ashamed of it. I had fun. Anderson had fun. We went and we were like “it was fun, what a fun New Year’s Eve.”

Cohen said his only regret from the night was to ‘throw ABC under the bus’, noting that he actually ‘really likes’ Seacrest.

During a phone interview on the Howard Stern Show Tuesday (pictured), Cohen said he was asked to have fun while hosting the NYE show

During a phone interview on the Howard Stern Show Tuesday (pictured), Cohen said he was asked to have fun while hosting the NYE show

Cohen (pictured New Year's Eve) said his quarrel was meant to bring joy in a 'mid-year'

He said: 'Not only was it a mid-year, but it ended in a car accident with COVID and Betty White (pictured) dying on New Year's Eve - which everyone loved - so it was like, "we have to put it in gear, we have to have fun"'

Cohen (left) said his altercation was meant to bring joy: ‘Not only was it a mid-year, but it ended in a car accident with COVID and Betty White (right), who died on New Year’s Eve – which everyone loved – so it was like, “we need to put it in gear, we need to have fun” ‘

‘I really like Ryan Seacrest. He’s a really sweet guy, Cohen said. ‘I was, as they say, in my cups, and I kind of enjoyed arguing. I thought, “wow, this is really fun to be on CNN, just yelling like a cute guy. This is fun.”

“So I kept going, and when I felt bad about it, I felt bad, and I texted Ryan the next morning.”

The presenter also said he regretted telling viewers he would be back on the air next year.

‘Towards the end of de Blasio’s quarrel I said something along the lines of “I have a feeling I will be here next year.” And when I saw the clip, I thought, “dude, this is the clip they’ll be playing when you’ll be canceled this year,” he shared, adding that CNN has already confirmed he would be invited back at the end of 2022.

The news was not well received by network employees, who are said to be ’embarrassed and angry’ at the star for ‘making fun of them’.

Cohen admitted to being 'overserved' while hosting the network's New Year's Eve special (pictured) with Anderson Cooper, and later admitted that he was 'stupid and drunk'

Cohen admitted to being ‘overserved’ while hosting the network’s New Year’s Eve special (pictured) with Anderson Cooper, and later admitted that he was ‘stupid and drunk’

Insiders told Radar Online: ‘We claim to be the most trusted news network, and yet CNN is hiring Andy Cohen to make fun of us all with his New Year’s performance?’

‘Andy does not even work for CNN, and yet he has been the face of our network for the last 48 hours. It’s embarrassing and real CNN staff is very angry. ‘

However, CNN rejected the site’s claims that Andy ‘will not be invited back’ to host next year, with a spokesman saying: ‘Andy said something he should not have on live television.’

‘We have taken it up with him and look forward to having him back again next year.’

MailOnline has contacted CNN and Andy’s representatives for further comments.

Andy Cohen was spotted in his New York studio on Monday after CNN said it was standing by the 53-year-old presenter of his drunken New Year's Eve tirade

Andy Cohen was spotted in his New York studio on Monday after CNN said it was standing by the 53-year-old presenter of his drunken New Year’s Eve tirade

CNN staffers said they were angry and embarrassed at Cohen's sight

CNN staffers said Cohen 'made a fool' of them during the drunken spectacle

CNN staffers said Cohen ‘made a fool of them’ during the drunken play, leaving them angry and embarrassed

Cohen also opened up about his embarrassing drunken rant during his SiriusXM show, Andy Cohen Live, on Monday, which he co-hosted with John Hill.

“The only thing I regret saying is the only thing is that I slammed the ABC show and I really like Ryan Seacrest and he’s a great guy,” Cohen said sheepishly.

“And I really regret that I said that, and I was just stupid and drunk and felt it,” he continued. ‘And that was, that was, I continued the journey, and I just kept talking, and I should not have done that.

‘I felt bad about it. So that’s the only thing. That’s the only thing, ‘Cohen added.

Cohen was vicious in his verbal jabs about Seacrest, who hosted Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin ‘Eve for ABC, during his simultaneous live broadcast.

“If you look behind me, you’ll see Ryan Seacrest’s group of losers perform,” Andy told CNN viewers while hosting anchor Anderson Cooper, 54.

“I’m sorry, but if you watch ABC, you see nothing,” Andy added rudely.

Seacrest’s broadcast featured performances by Ashanti, Ja Rule and Journey in Times Square. Andy also made fun of Filipino singer Arnel Pineda, 54, as lead singer for Journey.

‘We were inundated with confetti from Fake Journey on ABC. If it’s not Steve Perry, it does not count! Do you understand that ?, said Andy. ‘It’s not Journey! That’s propaganda! That’s propaganda! It’s not Journey! It’s not Journey! No, it was not Journey. Steve Perry is Journey. ‘

Pronounced: On Monday, Cohen opened up about his embarrassing drunken rant during his SiriusXM show, Andy Cohen Live

Pronounced: On Monday, Cohen opened up about his embarrassing drunken rant during his SiriusXM show, Andy Cohen Live

Under fire: During his tirade, Cohen aimed at TV host Ryan Seacrest

Ouch: Cohen also blew up outgoing NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio

Under fire: During his tirade, Cohen targeted TV host Ryan Seacrest (left) as well as the outgoing mayor of NYC, Bill de Blasio

While Cohen during his radio program admitted that he regretted the comments, he seemed to blame the media for their coverage of his disgusting remarks instead of really taking responsibility himself.

“The headlines about Ryan Seacrest are all like I’re discarding Ryan Seacrest,” he said. – I really hope he hears the clip. You know what I mean? Nevertheless…’

Cohen also openly taunted de Blasio on the network’s holiday special when he called him the ‘most beautiful’ mayor of New York.

“The only thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on is what a horrible mayor he has been,” Cohen said.

“Do not go on a rant!” said Cooper in response to reassure him. ‘Is that how you want to start the new year?’

‘So sayonara sucks! 2022! It’s a new year, for guess what? I have a feeling I’m going to be standing right here next year, and you know who I’m not going to watch and dance to while the city goes apart? You!’

The comments came after Cohen and Cooper took shots to honor the death of Betty White, who died earlier in the day.

The following day, Cohen admitted that the shots may have had something to do with his rant.

‘I was a little over-served last night,’ he wrote in a Saturday post on Instagram. “I had so much fun though, and I hope you did too!”

Ouch: Cohen was vicious in his verbal shocks during his live broadcast while hosting anchor Anderson Cooper, 54

Ouch: Cohen was vicious in his verbal shocks during his live broadcast while hosting anchor Anderson Cooper, 54

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