Andy Cohen to Replace Kathy Griffin on CNN's New Year's Eve Special

Andy Cohen replaces Kathy Griffin for CNN's New Year's show

Outrageous gives way to outrageous: Kathy Griffin's replacement as Anderson Cooper's sidekick on New Year's Eve will be Andy Cohen, CNN announced Wednesday.

Griffin, who had co-hosted New Year's Eve with Cooper since 2007, was sacked from the gig in May after her controversial photo shoot in which she posed with a bloodied replica of President Donald Trump's head. "It is going to be a blast!" he said in the press release.

"I've been friends with Anderson for 25 years", Cohen said.

Donald and Melania Trump lambasted her for the photo. Cooper said in a statement.

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Cohen and Cooper regularly tour together, hosting a night of conversation in various cities throughout the country. Really? Not supporting and backing Kathy Griffin after she had your back for years.

For his part, Cohen had also hosted several New Year's Eve specials in recent years, dating back to 2010. These long-time friends, one from television news and the other from late night, will ring in the New Year on CNN's "New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen" on Sunday, December 31. Most recently, Cohen appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 Monday to dissect the president's recent tweets.

Griffin called Cooper out at a recent AIDS benefit performance, where she shared the contents of a letter a gay fan sent to both personalities.