Friday, December 29, 2017

Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen Promote NYE Coverage on CNN


With the very capable John Berman and Jim Scuitto filling for Anderson Cooper on AC360 the last two weeks, Anderson and Andy Cohen have been busy promoting and preparing for their NYE coverage on CNN.  On Friday, December 22, they appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and promoted their appearance on their respective Instagram accounts ~



 

 

They have posted the following photos, videos and Instagram Stories ~







Interviews with The New York Times:



That Time Andy Cohen Asked Anderson Cooper Out (and About His Mom)

It’s hard to be out with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen. Neither blends in. They are hugely recognizable, both appearing on television five nights a week, and when they’re spotted together, people stop in their tracks. Throughout a recent lunch at Cafe Cluny, they were approached by fans of “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen,” his talk show on Bravo; the actress Julianne Moore; and a woman thanking Mr. Cooper for a hurricane relief segment on “Anderson Cooper 360,” his CNN show.

“I paid her to do that,” Mr. Cooper said. “We’ve produced this entire afternoon.”

In their less famous days, a high school friend of Mr. Cooper’s tried to set them up on a blind date. It was 1995, and Mr. Cooper had recently moved from Los Angeles back to New York for a job at ABC News, and Mr. Cohen was a producer at “CBS This Morning.” The date never happened, but a friendship eventually did.

Their bond has now become a commodity. Their “AC2” tour, in which they talk about whatever they like before a paying audience, continues at the Beacon Theater in New York on Jan. 26 and 27. And on New Year’s Eve, Mr. Cohen will join Mr. Cooper to host CNN’s telecast from Times Square — replacing the comedian Kathy Griffin, who was fired in May after posing for a photograph while holding a Donald Trump mask bloodied with ketchup.

“I hope she gets back to doing what she does best,” Mr. Cooper said. “We wish her the best.”

Over tea with milk for Mr. Cohen, 49, and scrambled eggs with toast for Mr. Cooper, 50, the pair discussed first impressions, dancing at the Roxy nightclub, lost luggage and Panda Express.

These are edited excerpts from the conversation.

ANDERSON COOPER We had a phone call to set up the date. I was in my office at ABC News.

ANDY COHEN I remember being home when I made the call, on Horatio Street. I was excited.

COOPER Within 45 seconds, he said, “Your mom is Gloria Vanderbilt.”

COHEN So bad. I wanted to date the Vanderbilt boy.

COOPER I imagined him on a Bluetooth headset, walking around, gesticulating a lot.

COHEN By the way, you weren’t exactly Mr. Personality on that call, either.

COOPER No, I wasn’t. I was very depressed. It was a bleak time. I was trying to figure out my way at ABC. I started as a one-man band; a guy I worked with when I was a fact-checker made a fake press pass for me, and I borrowed a camera and started going to wars. I’d been working at Channel One for three years. I’d never worked at a network. I didn’t know what I was doing. We never had the date.

COHEN We started running into each other at the Roxy. He would be dancing around.

COOPER I wouldn’t be dancing around. I was like, that’s the guy who said, “your mom is Gloria Vanderbilt.”

COHEN We both knew Barry Diller, and we wound up in this group that would travel together, him and his friends.

COOPER DVF — Diane [von Furstenberg]. Billie Lourd, she was very young. Sandy Gallin.

COHEN We went to Turkey.

COOPER I remember going up some waterway in a slow-moving boat, talking to you, sort of entranced. Andy, even before he was on TV, was the life of the party.

COHEN I thought he was a little standoffish. But I liked making him laugh. That was my goal: Maybe I can crack this guy up, and that’s where we can come together.

COOPER He did this whole “Maniac” dance.

COHEN Oh, yes, from “Flashdance.” We were on the boat, it’s a very fast dance, and I was barefoot. Didn’t I cut my foot?

COOPER It made me giggle uncontrollably. That’s the first time I remember being like, “You’re funny.”

COHEN Then we would have dinner occasionally, or be at the same party. We went to Croatia in 2005. I was at Bravo then.

COOPER I started working later at night, so our chances for hanging out were limited.

COHEN Our shows are so different, but we have commonalities because we’re both on every night. I worked in news —— why are you laughing? Excuse me, I worked at CBS News for 10 years.

COOPER You absolutely did, but the advice you would give me was not —— I was in Croatia with him when I got the call about Hurricane Katrina. I turned to Andy and said, “I gotta go,” and, Andy, as a newsman, what was it you said?

COHEN I said: “This is ridiculous. They just want you outside at some rainstorm so they can get ratings.”

COOPER Needless to say, I was on the next flight out. But one of the things I don’t think Andy has gotten enough credit for is he’s been an openly gay man in this industry from the very beginning. I was out at work ——

COHEN He was out to everybody. Everyone at CNN knew your partner.

COOPER And I was out at the Roxy.

COHEN Yeah, with your flaming-white hair, like Katniss Everdeen.

COOPER It was more about not discussing it publicly. But I told you I was going to be making a statement.

COHEN He never asked me for advice, but we did talk about it.

COOPER I don’t think there’s anything I’ve not discussed with him. It’s nice to have someone who pokes fun at you. If I’m in a dangerous place, he’ll text me something funny.

COHEN I do get worried when he’s like, “I’m on my way to Egypt.” I’m like: “Are you kidding me? When are you coming home?” You’re not eating your eggs. Do you not like them?

COOPER No, I like them.

COHEN Are you going to eat your toast?

COOPER I’m going to nibble.

COHEN Do you want some jelly?

COOPER No.

COHEN He is a very fussy eater. We were in the Dallas airport two weeks ago. Tell what you were eating for breakfast.

COOPER Panda Express.

COHEN He was eating orange chicken at 9 a.m. It was so gross.

COOPER We took a trip to Brazil five years ago. It was me; my partner, Benjamin [Maisani]; a friend of ours; and Andy. I brought them to Trancoso, this town I’d always heard about. I booked the hotels, I booked the flights — the one thing I asked Andy to do was check the bags in.

COHEN I lost Anderson’s luggage. It was terrible.

COOPER That was the first time I’ve ever gotten angry at Andy. And when I get angry, I get silent.

COHEN Prickly ice-cold monster. You have to navigate his moods. I know exactly when to stop talking to him.

COOPER We’re both sensitive in reading other people’s emotions. I know instantly when he’s lost interest in a conversation on the phone. We work all the —— see, he’s checking ——

COHEN I’m rolling my sleeve up.

COOPER I think he was secretly about to check his watch.

COHEN No, I wasn’t. Look, you know people when you travel with them. It’s intimate.

COOPER When his second book came out, he asked me to do an interview with him at the 92nd Street Y. My agent was in the crowd, and she was like, “You guys should take this on the road.”

COHEN We looked at each other, and, immediately, were like, “Oh, my God, we can travel the country together.”

COOPER We’ve done 30-something shows.

COHEN New Year’s will be a good continuation. It’s going to be really fun. Amy Sedaris is coming by. We’re going to play games.

COOPER We want people to feel like they’re hanging out with us for a night.

COHEN I’m going to bring alcohol.

COOPER I would expect nothing less.

COHEN Just so you know.

COOPER I’d rather not know the details.


and People Magazine:


Who Will CNN New Year's Eve Hosts Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper Kiss at Midnight?

Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper have been friends for over 20 years — or 25 if you ask Cohen, who has no problem interrupting his longtime pal as the two sit down with PEOPLE to discuss their upcoming gig cohosting CNN’s New Years Eve Live 2018.

“I can’t get a word in edge-wise,” Cooper, 50, jabs back at Cohen.

“No, I can’t get a word in edge-wise!” Cohen, 49, shouts.

If it sounds like the two cable personalities are fighting, they’re not. These BFFs have developed a well-oiled act of silly and sophisticated fun throughout the years, one that they’ve taken on the road for the last three years on their live stage show AC²: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen — Deep Talk and Shallow Tales. They tease each other, tell all about each other, and most importantly, trust each other.

Below, the Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen ringmaster and Anderson Cooper 360° anchor discuss the secret to their friendship, what fans can expect from their New Year’s Eve show, and who they’ll be kissing at midnight.

Q: Anderson, you’ve hosted the show since 2002, but this is the first time Andy is joining you. What tips have you given Andy about the experience? 
Cooper: Andy keeps talking about what he’s going to wear, which is the least of my concerns. I don’t think he understands how cold it is on New Years Eve. He keeps talking about getting a fitting for something to wear. I’m like, ‘You don’t need a fitting, you need arctic boots.’ 
Cohen: I know, but you haven’t sent me pictures of the boots. You keep saying you’re going to tell me exactly what boots to wear, so I’m just looking at, like, fun boots. 
Cooper: If only there was a machine where you could type the words ‘arctic boots’ in and find out what arctic boots look like …

Q: You two have been traveling with AC² for 3 years now. Who has the most annoying travel habit? Cooper: Oh I do, without a doubt. 
Cohen: He’s very moody. 
Cooper: Andy’s even-keeled and happy, pretty much wherever he is. And if he’s not happy, he will take out his phone and do an Instagram Story about being not happy, and the Instagram Story will be so funny that it makes everybody around him happy. We were stuck in the Dallas airport the other weekend— 
Cohen: —You need a little gum. 
Cooper: Oh Jesus! I just woke up. 
Cohen: Well, we’re very close right now. 
Cooper: Is that my problem? 
Cohen: Look, he has Listerine. 
Cooper: We were at the Dallas airport— 
Cohen: —Oh you smell gorgeous! 
Cooper: Oh shut up! You tell it. 
Cohen: He was eating Panda Express at 9 a.m. in the airport. This is what I’m looking at? I’m having a bagel like a civilized human being, and he’s just scarfing down Chinese food. And, by the way, he was eating like an animal. 
Cooper: I hadn’t had dinner! It was very good!

Q: Who’s the better packer? 
Cooper: I am because I travel so much and I travel light and I’m easy to travel. This is the difference between us: When I arrive, I’m in a baseball hat and I check in. When Andy checks in at the airport, it’s like the arrival of Queen Elizabeth. 
Cohen: He says I’m like Dolly Levi coming back to the Harmonia Gardens. 
Cooper: He arrives in like a velour pink track suit for maximum attention. He likes attention wherever he goes. 
Cohen: No! They’re Adidas track suits, in an homage to Missy Misdemeanor Elliot.

Q: What makes your friendship work so well? 
Cohen: I like making him laugh. Obviously, what we are broadcasting could not be more diametrically opposed. But there’s a commonality that we have in that we’re both live on TV at night. And I think that’s something we share that other’s don’t. 
Cooper: There’s nothing better for me anyway than being on stage in front of a crowd of 3,000 people or whatnot and making people laugh. Just telling stories and being yourself— 
Cohen: But this question is about us. He was asking about us. 
Cooper: Well, I know but I was just saying… 
Cohen: Oh, okay. You made it seem like it was about you.

Q: Have you ever not liked a guy the other is dating? 
Cohen: No, I don’t think so. 
Cooper: Well sweetie, with you there’s been so many. 
Cohen: OH PLEASE. 
Cooper: No, they guys he’s actually dated I’ve really liked. 
Cohen: Anderson was very supportive of my last relationship. 
Cooper: I was a big proponent of him.

Q: Whose DMs are slid into more? 
Cohen: Mine. Anderson doesn’t check his DMs the way I do. 
Cooper: I mean, I’m happy to check my DMs, but I didn’t know that was a thing.

Q: You both know each other’s parents, right? 
Cohen: Yes. 
Cooper: Andy just met my mom relatively recently. They’ve become email buddies. I think my mom enjoys emailing with him much more than she enjoys any sort of contact with me.

Q: I’m sorry, what are you emailing Gloria Vanderbilt about? 

Cohen: Just checking in, saying, ‘I’m with your moody son, he seems good.’ 
Cooper: Andy had my mom on his show when her book came out, and that was actually the first time my mom had met him. She was completely entranced and would not stop speaking out him for quite a long time. 
Cohen: My parents love him. 
Cooper: I follow his mom on Instagram. 
Cohen: Yes, she’s very happy about that.

Q: Do your parents always wonder why you two are not dating? I know you had met after being set up on a blind date that didn’t work out…
Cohen: I think at this point, they’ve reconciled that that is not happening.
Cooper: It’s funny. We’ll say, ‘Oh we booked the Wang Theatre in Boston and it’s 2,500 seats or something.’ And she’ll say, ‘Oh my God, I don’t know if you can fill that.’
Cohen: Yes, she’s very pragmatic with us. Almost sometimes a downer.

Q: What can fans expect from you guys on New Year Eve?
Cooper: Andy is who is he and he’s kind of the life of the party wherever he goes. And I think it’s going to reflect our friendship and the comfort we have with each other and the dynamic of our relationship. We’re as curious to see where it goes and what happens! We’re both eager and excited about it.

Q: Have you determined who you are both kissing at midnight?
Cohen: Oh good question — who stocks that pool for me?
Cooper: I’ll have to import somebody, ’cause it ain’t gonna be me!

CNN’s New Years Eve Live 2018 airs Dec. 31 (8 p.m. ET) on CNN.


For more on Cohen and Cooper, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.


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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

WHILE I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING ANDY COHEN AND AC ON NEW YEARS EVE, IT SEEMS ODD THAT THE TWO HAVE TEAMED UP AND ARE PROFITING FROM THEIR FRIENDSHIP.
NEITHER REALLY NEEDS THE MONEY, SO I FIND "TAKING THIS SHOW ON THE ROAD," A BIT EXPLOITATIVE.
THIS ARTICLE APPEARS IN THE SATURDAY NY TIMES.

Anonymous said...

Then don't watch.

Anonymous said...

I DID WATCH BUT ONLY TO COMPARE ANDY COHEN TO KATHY GRIFFIN.
ANDY COHEN WAS A REFRESHING CHANGE BUT I WOULDN'T PAY TO SEE EITHER OF THEM.
LIKED THE PART WHEN ANDY GREETED HIS PARENTS. IT WAS NICE 'CLEAN' ENTERTAINMENT.
NEITHER ONE HAD TO "GO THERE" TO GET A LAUGH. THEY HAVE MORE IN COMMON THAN THEY THINK.

aries moon said...

I really missed the funny, unpredictable dynamic between Kathy Griffin and AC--it may just be that AC and Andy have to do this a few more times to make it work, but it just wasn't the same and there was too much Bravo & Housewives content--that was a bore, IMO. There were some funny moments here and there, but the show didn't hold my attention as much as it did in the past--AC and Kathy never needed a lot of guests to keep it interesting and funny. Don Lemon and Brooke Baldwin were entertaining--they seemed to really be having a good time together. Don't know what the ratings will be but AC2 aren't getting the best reviews for their NYE show, at least on Twitter from what I can tell.

Pragya said...

@aries moon

I see what you mean. Maybe it was the cold. And way too much housewives... lore I don't get.

Ratings-wise they killed it. Number 1 and highest rated ever.

Anonymous said...

PEOPLE TUNED IN ON NYE OUT OF CURIOSITY. PERIOD.
THERE WAS A LOT ABOUT THE HOUSEWIVES AND IF YOU DON'T FOLLOW IT, IT WAS BORING.
THE HOUSEWIVES ARE NOT DOING AS WELL AS THEY DID. HENCE COHEN IS FINDING HIMSELF ANOTHER GIG
WITH AC. KG WAS UNPREDICTABLE. SO MUCH SO, SHE GOT HERSELF FIRED....AND AC REALLY KEPT HIS DISTANCE DURING THE TURMOIL.