Anderson Cooper, Kathy Griffin Back for CNN New Year’s Eve Celebration

By Chris Ariens 

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin will be ringing in 2017 from a familiar place, New York’s Times Square.

This marks the 10th New Year Cooper and Griffin have spent together co-hosting CNN’s special which begins at 8 p.m. ET. In 2014, Griffin said she’d signed a multi-year deal to stay on as co-host, with one goal: “It’s really my job to get him fired, every year,” she said of Cooper. “I’m trying, I’m really trying.”

TVNewser was there for the 2011 and 2012 Times Square celebrations.


CNN’s Richard Quest will once again report from Times Square, Sara Sidner will be in Nashville’s Bicentennial Park, Gary Tuchman will toast from Miami Beach and Randi Kaye will be on board the world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean International’s Harmony of the Seas which will be off the coast of Cuba and HLN’s Lynn Smith will be live from Reunion Tower in Dallas. At 12:30 a.m. ET, Cooper and Griffin will once again hand off to Don Lemon and Brooke Baldwin who will continue coverage from New Orleans, ringing in the New Year in the Central time zone.

Also again this year, Tom Foreman hosts a count down to 2017 special on the highlights and lowlights of 2016. All the Best, All the Worst 2016 premieres December 27 at 9 p.m. and re-airs on New Year’s Eve.