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Shots taken! Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen down tequila again on CNN’s ‘New Year’s Eve Live’

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January 01, 2024

The booze is back on the televised New Year’s Eve celebration featuring Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen.

After taking a forced alcohol break during televised festivities last year, the hosting duo got right into the drinking early during the broadcast for CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live” above New York City’s Times Square.

“It’s the top of the hour and we’ve been here for seven years doing this, and for most of those years at the top of the hour we typically have a toast,” seven-time host Cohen said, adding, “I’m hearing from a lot of people asking, ‘Does Daddy get his juice?’”

“Can Daddy get his juice responsibly?” Cooper asked, before insisting he hadn’t brought any alcohol with him. Cohen pulled out a bottle of tequila and shot glasses and both took shots, with Cooper making his annual gross-out face after his alcohol intake.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 31: Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen pose for a selfie during the Times Square New Year's Eve 2023 Celebration on December 31, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775912989 ORIG FILE ID: 1453557774

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 31: Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen pose for a selfie during the Times Square New Year’s Eve 2023 Celebration on December 31, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775912989 ORIG FILE ID: 1453557774

They vowed to take a shot after each hour.

In November 2022, then CEO Chris Licht announced that CNN would be cutting back on the New Year’s Eve drinking that has become a staple of Anderson and Cohen’s annual broadcast. Cohen eventually agreed that he and Cooper would drink non-alcoholic beverages like pickle juice on the air during New Year’s Eve 2022.

“So we should talk about the elephant in the room,” Cohen quipped in a clip shared on social media of CNN’s broadcast. “We can’t drink, alright! We can’t drink. But it’s fine. It’s totally cool.”

But that dry era has ended.

In the second hour of Sunday’s broadcast, Cooper’s face was less dramatic after his tequila shot. “I think it’s getting easier,” said Cohen.

“Why do people do this?” Cooper asked.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen take tequila shots: ‘New Year’s Eve Live’

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