December 31st, 2008
09:35 PM ET

Get ready and enjoy the show!

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/12/31/nye.crowd.stage.jpg caption="Check out Anderson and Kathy's view from the stage in Times Square."]

Albert Lewitinn
Executive Producer, New Year's Eve with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin

It has taken months of preparation, planning, technical support… but the moment will soon be here. Hundreds of CNN producers, technicians, and staff have come together to put on a great show for viewers to usher in the new year. The year 2008 has been one of epic history. An unforgettable election, a new President about to take office, an economy that has tested our resilience. Anderson and Kathy are excited. And so are we. Join us, and have fun. Fun is the theme of tonight’s show. Enjoy the show.

Filed under: New Year's Eve 2009 • T1
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. steve

    Happy New Year CNN it is colder here in Minnesota! Like that helps, You guys do a great job, especially with a littlt "Skynard". Godspeed and peace to the world!

    January 1, 2009 at 2:52 am |
  2. steve

    I really am feeling for you AC, Kathy seems to be torturing you and enjoying every minute of it. Maybe next year you can team up with someone funny. I have admired your bravery but you do not deserve this gig!! Happy New Year! Hope you enjoyed my dog picture of Ivory it is an award winner!

    January 1, 2009 at 2:38 am |
  3. Rita

    Anderson you were amazingly in control considering you had to deal with Kathy. I almost tuned to Dick Clark *gasp* Please, next year, get yourself a more suitable escort, perhaps one less brash. Best wishes in 2009, I'll be watching 360!

    January 1, 2009 at 2:31 am |
  4. Clinton B

    Happy New Year to all. And thank you Anderson Cooper for bringing on Kathy Griffin, she brings her unique and by my judgment the best kind of humor to the show. Keep up the great work through out the new year, and it does not have to be a New Year to bring her on as a guest anchor every now and then!

    January 1, 2009 at 1:20 am |
  5. d. griffith, TX

    Thanks CNN for the best TV party!!! Happy New Year.

    January 1, 2009 at 12:58 am |
  6. steve from new market, md.

    Thank You Kathy, Thank You Anderson – you both made me smile and feel glad to be an American, glad to be a citizen of the Earth and feeling Good here in 2009. Hope you two will make it a tradition to ring in the New Year.

    January 1, 2009 at 12:23 am |
  7. ali and daniel


    We love you two! Happy New Year! We are with our 3 kids-dogs (jack russells) sophie, seven and dallas. Cuddled in bed and warm!

    December 31, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  8. John Malcolm

    Ha! How can they stand each other?!!?!?!? It's 18 degrees and they're shouting and laughing, the show just started!!!!
    Happy New Year to the 360 crew, good luck Anderson!

    December 31, 2008 at 11:07 pm |
  9. John Bergquist Newtown, CT

    Happy New Year everyone! Especially Anderson and Kathy and all who are braving the cold in Time's Square.

    December 31, 2008 at 11:01 pm |
  10. cathy

    Where's Erica, I hope she's enjoying the beach right about now

    December 31, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  11. Janine from PA.

    Happy New Year to Mr. Cooper and Ms. Griffin and all the 360 crew, esp those working in the cold.

    December 31, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  12. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    "Fun is the theme?" I must admit, I admire anyone who can remain standing, retain their thoughts and force the facial muscles to move long enough to talk and laugh out loud in below freezing weather. Add to the mix the tight squeeze of the crowd and the roar of the excitement..Yep, Fun is the theme. I've heard chicken noodle soup thaws the limbs and will restore them to room temperature! Happy New Year.

    Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif.

    December 31, 2008 at 9:58 pm |