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Did any of you watch this live?
The press is not being kind to Anderson Cooper and his buddy Andy Cohen after the two spent much of their New Year’s Eve broadcast complaining about an umbrella.
I was watching live and it got very awkward to watch.
And all of that is to say nothing of all the Tequila shots they kept taking.
If you want to get wasted, maybe just stay home next year?
Dick Clark must be rolling over in his grave to see his mess.
First here is the YouTube clip of 10 minutes of this mess:
From the NY Daily News:
A stormy Andy Cohen had an on-air meltdown when told he needed to lose his umbrella while filming CNN’s New Year’s Eve special in Times Square.
The sopping wet co-host of “New Year’s Eve Live,” appearing alongside fellow emcee Anderson Cooper, blasted the Times Square Alliance for demanding he ditch the clear umbrella.
He also claimed the group, which co-coordinates the annual ball drop celebration, threatened to not grant CNN credentials to cover next year’s event unless he dropped the device.
At 9:18 p.m., the show returned from a commercial break and Cooper warned viewers, “Andy’s taken a turn.”
Cohen, the 50-year-old host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” then went on a rant.
“It’s more than drizzling in Times Square,” the co-host complained. “It’s not putting a damper on anything, but I will say this: I had this umbrella. The lady from the Times Square Alliance came over and said, ‘You have to get rid of the umbrella,’ off the air. And I said, ‘I won’t do it.’”
Cooper chimed in: “This has been going on for an hour and a half already. He was like, ‘What are you gonna do — arrest me?’”
Cohen added, “Yeah, I go, ‘Get the paddy wagon cause that’s what it’s going to take.’ But now they are threatening to pull CNN’s spot from the credential, from Times Square, for next year.”
Cooper said the spat was like the November incident in which CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’sWhite House press pass was temporarily stripped from him after a heated exchange with President Trump.
“Yeah, it really is and I gotta tell you something,” Cohen said, “if this umbrella is such a threat to the Times Square Alliance — and what does the Times Square Alliance do besides F with my New Year’s Eve?”
The Alliance, according to its web site, works to improve and promote Times Square, providing services via its public safety officers and sanitation teams. The not-for-profit organization also promotes local businesses, encourages economic development, co-coordinates major events, curates public art projects and advocates for constituents.
Cohen ended his water-tinged tirade by pointing out that staff from Spanish-language network Univision had umbrellas at one point.
“They’ve removed their umbrellas,” Cooper filled him in.
“Oh great," Cohen sarcastically said. “I mean this is some Grade A B.S., honestly.”
Page Six reported that the NY Times Alliance fired back and disputed Cohen's claims:
Umbrellagate thunders on.
The Times Square authorities are fighting back against Andy Cohen’s suggestion that they singled him out when they made him take down his umbrella during his New Year’s Eve CNN broadcast.
Cohen, who furiously ranted live on the air about being forced to take it down during a downpour, posted a collage of celebs on Twitter who appeared to be allowed to keep their umbrellas up during their Times Square broadcasts Monday night.
The group included Jenny McCarthy for ABC and Carson Daly and Leslie Jones for NBC.
But the Times Square Alliance wearily told Page Six, “It has been our policy that umbrellas are not permitted on the media riser so as to not interfere with media colleagues’ sightlines. There were over 100 credentialed members of the media and 15 live broadcast camera spots on the media riser this year.”
Explaining why some networks were able to use umbrellas, it added, “We don’t monitor this issue on other stages that are stand-alone with no other networks present, thus no potential for other camera shots to be blocked.”
They also deny Cohen’s claim the Alliance threatened to pull CNN’s credentials, saying, “Some tempers flared, but it was never the case, nor will it be the case, that CNN would be denied credentials or the ability to cover New Year’s Eve.”
And from the Daily Caller in an article titled: "CNN’S ANDY COHEN NEARLY LOSES NYE PRESS PASS OVER AN UMBRELLA" wrote the following:
As live-broadcasts battled wind, rain and dipping temperatures in New York City’s Times Square, CNN correspondent Andy Cohen picked a fight with the Times Square Alliance — over an umbrella. And he reportedly almost cost CNN a spot at next year’s celebration.
I had this umbrella …” Cohen began. “The lady from the Times Square Alliance came over and said, ‘You have to get rid of the umbrella.’ I said, ‘I won’t do it.'”
Cohen went on to say that he had basically told the Times Square Alliance to arrest him. “Get the paddywagon,” he laughed. “Now they’re threatening to pull CNN’s spot from the credential, from Times Square for next year.”
All this came after Cooper had turned Cohen’s umbrella into something of a running gag, saying that he “felt more manly” and felt that Cohen needed the umbrella.
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