Ryan Seacrest Says CNN Cutting Alcohol For NYE Hosts Is A ‘Good Idea’ After Last Year’s Drama

Ryan Seacrest just said he agrees with the idea of CNN limiting hosts’ alcohol consumption during their New Year’s Eve broadcast.

The 48-year-old TV host told Entertainment Weekly that he was in favor of the rumored policy. “I don’t advocate drinking when one is on the air,” Seacrest told the publication. “I don’t know how that started as a tradition but it’s probably a good idea [to scale back], CNN.”

The “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve” host explained how he and other ABC employees won’t consume alcohol until after 1:05 a.m. Seacrest also said viewers likely wish NYE anchors would “drink more” purely for the entertainment value.  

“There’s some pretty respectable people or at least one, right?” Seacrest quipped about CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live.” The show is co-hosted by Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen. “I think there’s a serious journalist and then a friend of mine who has a lot of fun, but it’s probably a good idea.”

His statement comes after a widely publicized incident last year involving Cohen. The CNN host mocked Seacrest and ABC by saying, “If you look behind me, you’ll see Ryan Seacrest’s group of losers performing. I’m sorry but if you’re watching ABC, you’re watching nothing.”

Seacrest told EW that the CNN hosts “had something to say about my show at one point,” and that he doesn’t “think they would say what they said about our performers if they weren’t drinking.”

“I might send them some Casa Dragones Tequila just to tempt them while they’re on the air,” Seacrest told EW.

Cohen defended his rant later, saying, “I won’t be shamed for it. I had a blast. Anderson [Cooper] had a blast. We left and we were like ‘That was fun, what a fun New Year’s Eve.’”

While he did regret being mean to his “friend” Seacrest, Cohen also said he has no intention of abstaining from alcohol this year during the broadcast. “My only direction is to have fun,” Cohen told People last month of what to expect during New Year’s Eve. “That’s what I plan to do and I’m happy to cocktail it up.”

“I think people enjoy seeing me feed Anderson shots and that’s on the menu,” he continued.

“Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest” will be broadcast from Times Square with co-hosts Liza Koshy and Jessie James Decker. 

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