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January 1st, 2013
01:36 AM ET

Best of CNN's New Year's Eve 2013

Watch highlights of Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin's show from Times Square on New Year's Eve.

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  1. Pete

    The fundamental problem is we cannot differentiate between fun and lack of morality. When you have this kind of vulgar behavior during what is supposed to be a family oriented broadcast, what do you expect to happen with our country moral principles. I you want to watch it, go to an adult oriented cable station, no need to be available for everybody.

    January 5, 2013 at 9:29 am |
  2. Joe

    I always wondered what the term "highlights" meant. Thanks for the definition. I didn't realize highlights was not a good thing, nor did I realize it was something that got old after the first 10 minutes of the first year Kathy & super-legitimate newsguy AC engaged in "highlights".

    January 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
  3. Kitty

    Yes, Kathy is tacky and tasteless, but that is part of what makes this such a fun broadcast to watch. The contrast of style and temperament between Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin, and the unpredictable nature of the broadcast are things I look forward to each year.

    January 3, 2013 at 12:35 am |
  4. Paula Erickson

    I thought Anderson and Kathy were very funny!!! I loved them!!!

    January 2, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
  5. Georgia

    I had a great time watching Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin. I love watching Kathy make Anderson giggle nervously. Kathy Griffin should come back next year.

    January 2, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
  6. Burt

    I was really quite disappointed and appalled with the monolog and accompaning mis-behavior by Kathy Gruffith that was allowed on your NY Eve program, .Realizing that it was supposed to be humorous, I kept watching and listening for something that might be a little bit funny. In my opinion, it never happened. Rather, nearly her entire performance was tasteless, vulgar, childish and disgusting. Anderson had every cause to be embarrassed, which he clearly was, as he attempted to redeem the show. My hope for next year is that the producers will pay attention to the negative comments on this site and realize there needs to be a change. If not,I will definitely be watching different channel.

    January 2, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
  7. Ryan

    One of the things I love about this broadcast every NYE is that, unlike every other channel, these two together are not simply making generalized commentary and delivering platitudes to those who are unwilling to let loose. If I want to watch hurried interviews with politicians and celebrities then I will watch one of the many other programs covering NYE. I watch Anderson and Kathy because they are fun, which is what NYE is all about. As far as people being aghast because they were trying to watch with their children, get over yourselves. They hear worse in the hallway at school! Your children will follow YOUR example most, not that of Kathy Griffin who they may have seen on TV.

    January 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
  8. Wiley

    Real class Cooper. Nice to see you and Kathy do a followup the following night.

    January 2, 2013 at 10:30 am |
  9. Elizabeth

    Two days later, I am still feeling disgusted at the content we were subjected to on CNN on NYE, in the company of two ten year olds. It is baffling to me why Anderson needs Kathy Griffin as a sidekick. Not only is she not funny to me or anyone else watching, her behavior is not what I want my girls copying, or thinking is acceptable, even on New Years Eve. Why is she on the air??? Please show your viewers, and Anderson, some respect and hire a decent co-host next year. ABC was way more entertaining and family friendly, sorry. We will be watching them next year.

    January 2, 2013 at 10:01 am |
  10. Donna

    CNN should fire Kathy Gifford!! She was base and disgusting. I am very disappointed that a journalist of Anderson's character would stoop to be seen with her and I thought CNN was better than this trashy New Year's Eve display.

    January 2, 2013 at 7:09 am |
  11. Enzo

    Oh, people, cheer up. it was fun, not some war zone coverage. I found it to be quick, easy going and highly entertaining

    January 2, 2013 at 6:03 am |
  12. Jason

    I have a theory that anyone who says Kathy Griffin is disgusting and vile is simply too old to appreciate her brand of humor. She is very quick and, let's be honest, if CNN simply employed another boring host to stand there and introduce celebrities, there would be no reason to watch. By employing Kathy each year, CNN has an edge. Anderson and Kathy are funny together BECAUSE they are so different. Why get hire someone exactly like Anderson to host? That would be painfully boring to watch. Furthermore, Anderson is a reporter. He isn't an entertainer. So, it would make sense that CNN would hire an entertainer to host the New Years Eve special because Cooper doesn't typically do this kind of show. Lastly, for anyone who says Kathy was bullying Anderson, it's PART OF THE ACT. It's not that tough to figure it out. If you bother to do some research, you will discover that Anderson and Kathy and good friends, so obviously he doesn't feel too threatened. In fact, many of the references Kathy made are also part of her stand up bits. (Ie: her fictional beef with Seacrest.)

    January 2, 2013 at 5:45 am |
  13. Kanga Morgan

    Very very disappointed with Katy' s comments. What made CNN and Anderson chose this persons ? Her behavior ruined the new years eve party for many . It was crass

    January 2, 2013 at 3:02 am |
  14. Jose D. Navajas

    I like both Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin. They are very different and that is why their dynamic on and off the screen is so good.
    I enjoyed the show, have my laughs at her antics and yes – next year we will all drink a shot every time Anderson giggles.
    Happy New Year and thanks for all the hard work.

    January 2, 2013 at 1:14 am |
  15. kimberlyann2

    Totally disgusted with CNN and your NYE coverage. Kathy Griffin needs to go away. She was not funny, she is disgusting, and CNN should be ashamed.

    January 1, 2013 at 11:58 pm |
  16. Tina

    Deeply disappointed that someone as classy as Anderson Cooper was paired with with someone so awful.

    January 1, 2013 at 11:57 pm |
  17. Kathy O'D

    The show keeps getting worse each year – very juvenile. I find myself watching less of it each year – next year I'm not even going to bother turning it on - unless Anderson can find a co-host who is not Kathy Griffin! She doesn't have the class to match Anderson or the evening.

    January 1, 2013 at 11:53 pm |
  18. Michael

    Very disappointed in this year's broadcast. PLEASE...DO...NOT... INVITE...KATHY... BACK... TO... ANY... OF....YOUR...BROADCASTS.

    January 1, 2013 at 11:42 pm |
  19. Margaret Hardin

    Once again CNN feasts us to a disgusting display of bad taste featuring Kathy Griffin, this time on coverage of New Year's Eve New York. Do you really think your viewers want this garbage on CNN? Do you have no judgment whatsoever? You have finally lost this viewer for all of CNN's broadcasting - and I will certainly pass the word along to others.

    January 1, 2013 at 11:22 pm |
  20. Philly Chris

    I really don't get these commenters. This is really the best NYE show out there. If you want to live in fantasy land, and want your wholesome family fun, watch Seacrest. If you don't like it, you don't have to watch it. Clearly, the two of them are friends. Clearly, they have awesome chemistry together. If you think it's foul, that's fine. Turn the channel. You have a choice. I had 100 people on my roof deck in Philadelphia with fireworks going off all around us, and you know what we were watching? Anderson and Kathy. And we were trying to kiss sardines. So please, spare us all your righteous nonsense. This is an awesome show, so much so, that me, and 100 of my closest friends laughed until we cried. So, Kathy and Anderson, well done.

    January 1, 2013 at 11:14 pm |
  21. Sally Bohlin

    I have admired Anderson's courageous, responsible and classy reporting.
    These are attributes that the public should be offered by his partner for
    New Year's Eve 2014.

    January 1, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
  22. Sally Bohlin

    I have admired Anderson's courageous, responsible and classy reporting. Kathy is not classy, not responsible
    and she is crude and rude. I vote for Anderson partnering with a person of his stature and style for New Year's
    Eve 2014. Please!!!

    January 1, 2013 at 8:53 pm |
  23. Linda

    Anderson, you are fabulous, but pleeease ditch the crude redhead next year. She is waay over the top, and really ruined the celebration with her basal approach....really no need to go there on New Years Eve....

    January 1, 2013 at 8:51 pm |
  24. Monica Marin

    I was watching new years eve events with my grandson last night and we tuned into your show. The rude way Kathy wasw acting was very disappointing. I live on the West coast and have no choice about what time your program airs. My grandson likes to watch you so we turned it on and I immediately had to change it or choose to explain what Kathy was doing. Anderson, your better than that! There is no way any child should watch that kind of programming. Way disappointing.

    January 1, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
  25. Margot DesJardins

    Anderson should put his NYEve show with Kathy on his own Ridiculist. The most trusted name in news is now the most banal name in entertainment. Absurd, adolescent antics, tasteless jokes, and nonstop giggling was over the top. The Coop has gone from from Class to Crass. The producers of the show should be held accountable too.

    January 1, 2013 at 8:35 pm |
  26. P J Plante

    I love Anderson but Kathy Griffin seems to forget that CNN is covering the New Years Eve celebration in Times Square. The past 2 years I have chosen to stay in and watch the coverage on a variety of channels. CNN is now last on my list due to Kathy needing so much attention. she's inappropriate and doesn't stop talking throughout.

    January 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
  27. Jeanne

    Anderson: Just can't stand her!! Would have watched if you had chosen a different partner. Sorry.

    January 1, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
  28. Jeanne Peacock

    PLEEZ- make this Kathy's last year. Her inane commentary, off color and off the mark, is painful to hear. Anderson deserves a commentator who can keep up a colorful banter over a fairly long duration; not one who assails the ear . Her comment about the small Maine town dropping the minnow was not funny but insulting.

    January 1, 2013 at 7:18 pm |
  29. lbj

    how could Anderson tolerate Kathy and her totaly unacceptable behavior? please, do not let her EVER again cohost the NYear, so disappionted had to switch to another channel in the end!

    January 1, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
  30. J. Perna

    Ohhh! Where was the part about trying to kiss the sardine after midnight like they did in Maine? I mean Kathy trying to do it! Too funny!

    January 1, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
  31. Josie

    Kathy Griffin behaved horribly.

    January 1, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
  32. Vicki Cooper

    Loved Anderson on the New Year's show but please, please can Kathy Griffin. She is way over the edge for prime time and especially with Anderson who was obviously unconfortable.

    January 1, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
  33. sidney

    I was appalled at Kathy's behavior during the New Year's Eve telecast. No respect for others. Hoping not to see her again any time soon.

    January 1, 2013 at 6:08 pm |
  34. Caroline

    I would like to ask CNN to find someone else to host with Anderson Cooper on New Years Eve 2014. Please find someone with CLASS!! Sure having a comedian adds fun to the evening, but why the heck does it have to be Kathy Griffin?? She is not funny!!!! I felt so bad for Anderson Cooper on New Years Eve...as did all my family and friends. My neice asked me "Why is that lady BULLYING HIM??" She is 13 yrs old and experiences bullying at school. That's exactly what she was doing and we DID NOT find it funny AT ALL?? Please rethink who will accompany Mr. Cooper next. We Love Mr. Cooper and wish his co-host was someone with more class.
    Thank you,
    Caroline
    Burlington, ON
    Canada

    January 1, 2013 at 6:08 pm |
    • Paula Erickson

      I thought it was hysterical!!!

      January 2, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
  35. Wileen Seeley

    I think Kathy was very dirty minded doing the things she did make me sick poor anderson i ended up turing the chanell

    January 1, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
  36. Susan Williamson

    It is a great puzzle to me that a professional who clearly has the capability, gravity and talent to remain at the top of his game, is so willing to both degrade and be degraded by the tasteless, desperate antics of an individual such as Kathy Griffin. Equally puzzling is CNN's apparent freefall into mediocrity, rotating "talent" and questionable programming in an out in a frenetic attempt to regain the stature of past years.

    Really unfortunate. If it is going to continue, I hope that the people who truly bring insight, wisdom and talent to the game move on to venues more appropriately suited to their capability. They would certainly include the Crowleys, Toobins, Guptas, Axelrods, Gergens of the world, along with a few others.

    January 1, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
  37. Karen

    Please no more Kathy Griffin for New Years...

    January 1, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
  38. Lynn Wright

    Kathy is funny but tiresome after a while. I'm surprised that Anderson tarnishes his image in this way.

    January 1, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
  39. judy

    very disappointed in last night's new year's eve celebration....how in the world could you allow such trash as acceptable entertainment....what is wrong with you people.....anderson cooper has totally hit the dung heap to be associated with that foul mouthed ratty kathy person....her antics were not funny, were not entertainment (outside of a porno movie) and certainly not acceptable...totally unprofessional.....and discusting....

    January 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
    • carol

      I couldn't agree more!

      January 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
  40. Shawn

    That was awesome! Great job Kathy & Anderson!

    January 1, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
  41. Joy Green

    While we loved watching Anderson Cooper host NYE, Kathy Girffin is horrible!! You really should NOT have her host next year. For one thing I was with a group of people and NO ONE thinks she's funny and she is very inappropriate. We were trying to watch with kids (ranging from 10 years old to 14 years old) and it was very embarrassing. You really are lowering your CNN standards having her on there. Our otherwise enjoyable coverage of NYE was ruined because of her! Ugh!!

    January 1, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
  42. Leonard Ortiz

    Last night we chose to watch commercials and New Years Eve shows on other stations instead of you and Ms Gifford. I do not know of anyone who enjoys her presence on the show. I also thinks she diminishes your credibility as a journalist.

    January 1, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
  43. Wes

    This was the BEST CNN NYE ever! I'm so thankful for the 2.5 hours of sweet, sweet Kathy and Andy entertainment! I hope to god you guys are back next year!

    January 1, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
  44. Talia

    Love Anderson and Kathy on New Years!

    January 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
  45. Bud

    regarding kathy griffin's display on your network with anderson cooper, PATHETIC ! your credibility as a news station has taken a dive with me in recent months and this was the icing on the cake.

    January 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
  46. tomomi sato

    Dear anderson

    my name is tomomi sato. I,m japanese. I big fun of you☆☆
    sorry I,m late. merry x,mas!! and happy new year!! anderson I love you ☆ I wish stay with you. good luck!! with love

    from tomomi sato.

    January 1, 2013 at 9:01 am |
  47. lynnem

    I hope Anderson refuses to ever work with Kathy again. She was disgusting. I didn't even keep it on long enough to see the segment on Eastport, Maine – my birthplace because of her.

    January 1, 2013 at 7:05 am |

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