The TV presenter was hosting New Year’s Eve celebrations on CNN alongside newsreader Anderson Cooper when he launched into furious tirades against Ryan Seacrest and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
US TV host Andy Cohen has come under fire from colleagues at CNN after he lambasted New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and rival host Ryan Seacrest during a drunken rant live.
The 53-year-old father-of-one ’embarrassed’ all of his CNN network colleagues in the US when he exploded on a New Year’s Eve special he led alongside Anderson Cooper, 54 .
Andy has confessed to being “drunk” on set of the live show which aired at midnight as the bells rang for New Years.
He said he had been “stupid and drunk and he felt it,” but CNN staff would not be in a lenient mood amid fears the integrity of the station had been damaged by the actions of Andy.
Andy’s colleagues complained to Radar Online, saying, “We claim to be the most trusted network in news and yet CNN hires Andy Cohen to ridicule us with his New Year’s Eve performance?
“Andy doesn’t even work for CNN and yet he’s been the face of our network for 48 hours. It’s embarrassing and real CNN staffers are very angry.
Despite protests from CNN staff and claims by Radar Online that the TV host would not be welcome, a network spokesperson said the door remained open for the embarrassed host.
They said: “Andy said something he shouldn’t have said on live TV. We discussed it with him and hope to see him again next year.
During his New Year’s Eve show, Andy lashed out at fellow TV star Ryan who hosted the Disney-owned ABC show Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve – which aired at the same time and included performances by Ashanti, Ja Rule and Journey.
Aiming at Ryan, 47, Andy mumbled: “If you look behind me you’ll see Ryan Seacrest’s loser band playing. I’m sorry but if you watch ABC, you’re not watching anything.
He raged at the band Journey calling them “fake” because they didn’t include original performer Steve Perry.
He was shown on camera shouting: “We’ve been sprayed with confetti from the fake Journey on ABC. If it’s not Steve Perry, it doesn’t count! Got it? It’s not Journey! This is propaganda!”
He also railed against incumbent New York City Mayor de Blasio, calling him the “cutest” mayor the city has ever had, adding: “The one thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on , what an awful mayor he was”.
Andy previously expressed remorse for his outbursts during a chat on his SiriusXM show, Andy Cohen Live, on Monday.
He insisted: “The only thing I regret saying, the only thing is that I slammed the ABC show and I really like Ryan Seacrest and he’s a great guy.
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“And I really regret saying that, and I was just stupid and drunk and I felt it. And it was, it was, I kept on the Journey rant and I kept talking and I shouldn’t have .
“I felt bad about it. So that’s the only thing. That’s the only thing.
Fans rallied round Andy, however, writing on Twitter, “@Andy loves you…who doesn’t say too drunk. Damn. Nothing really harmful. Best New Years show. Thank you.”