America never needed Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen doing tequila shots on national TV as much as it was needed on this New Year’s Eve, saying good riddance to a terrible 2020.
Or, as Cohen memorably said in the live broadcast, the “end of a fecal year.”
The duo hosting CNN’s live coverage from New York City were the goofy, more-than-tipsy salve for the pandemic-crushed year, taking their shots in front of an empty Times Square made desolate by COVID-19 restrictions.
“It’s really weird being in Times Square right now,” Cohen said to begin the show, looking at what would have normally been a space crushed with party-goers.
Cohen noted the absence of revelers, usually packed with hundreds of thousands of people who wait for hours in advance of the ball drop. Without people, he joked that he would be able to spot which performers were lip-synching on Ryan Seacrest’s ABC New Year’s Eve special and that he would pass the news to CNN viewers.
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Anderson Cooper, left, and Andy Cohen, seen here in a photo promoting CNN’s New Year’s Eve special, were back this year for a very different Times Square celebration due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The few allowed to gather at the iconic New York destination were a collection of first responders, medical workers and their families.
Although this New Year’s Eve party couldn’t have the usual party crowd, there was plenty of alcohol. Cohen announced that he had brought not one, but two bottles of tequila to be consumed on air.
Cooper said he was looking forward to saying “goodbye and good riddance” to 2020, like the rest of the world. That led to his first shot, which had him coughing on live TV. “It burns, it burns,” he said. It wasn’t the last cough.
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Cooper’s drinking was the running gag of the night, which had him shifting from the composed evening news anchor to a tipsy, giggling correspondent. Cooper’s shaking and shivering after each potent shot were meme-worthy.