Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper take ‘shots’ amid CNN’s NYE booze ban

Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper still found a way to have some drinking fun during their “New Year’s Eve Live” special this year.

Despite CNN banning them from consuming booze Saturday night, the two downed non-alcoholic mystery shots to ring in 2023.

The longtime pals addressed “the elephant in the room” during the live broadcast, assuring viewers that there would still be something drinking-related at the top of every hour.

At one point, Cohen, 54, hilariously yelled to producers that he “needs tequila” after they gave he and his co-host, 55, shots of pickle juice, apple cider vinegar and buttermilk.

He and Anderson Cooper wore glasses over their eyes to test the shots.
The two wore glasses over their eyes as they guessed what was in the mystery shots.

Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper wore eye masks while testing.
The two wore glasses over their eyes as they guessed what was in the mystery shots.


The duo wore glasses so they couldn’t see the contents of the glass.

Andy Cohen yelled that he "needs tequila" on the CNN New Year's Eve broadcast.
Andy Cohen yelled that he “needs tequila” on the CNN New Year’s Eve broadcast.

“We will take the shot, and then we will guess what it was,” Cohen explained, with Cooper saying, “Honestly, this is no different to me because alcohol, to me, all tastes disgusting.”

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CNN announced the crack down after Cohen’s behavior last year.
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The epic moment followed Cohen’s infamous alcohol-infused rant last year, in which he hilariously took down ex-New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and called Ryan Seacrest’s production and staff a “bunch of losers.”

The Bravo exec previously told Page Six he wouldn’t be drinking this year after CNN banned its contributors from doing so as a result of his on-air behavior.

Photo of Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper
The longtime BFFs still put on a great show.
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“We aren’t drinking, but we’re going to have a BLAST,” he told us exclusively, clarifying the comments he gave to Rolling Stone more than a month ago about imbibing during the broadcast.

“CNN said the correspondents will not be drinking,” he told the outlet at the time. “Anderson and I will be the people partying on CNN [though] we will be partying responsibly.”

The TV personality even joked that he would “torch the place” and then “head out” back to his home base at Bravo shortly after the ball drops.

“My job is to be a party ringleader for everyone watching us on New Year’s Eve,” he added. “And that is what I will continue to do.”

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