December 31st, 2008
11:16 PM ET

Behind the scenes - New Year's Eve in Times Square

Anderson getting ready for the show.

New Year's Eve revelers in Times Square.
COURTESY: Aspen Steib

The AC360° crew interviews people in the crowd.
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CNN's Erica Hill and Aspen Steib in Times Square.
COURTESY: James Brierton

The media gaggle just near the stage.

The stage in Times Square.
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They are cold and crazy in NYC!
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A reveler with a cause.
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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, WA

    My wish is to meet Anderson Cooper in the future........ Happy New Year New York City from Shoreline, WA..... enjoy your day!!!

    January 1, 2009 at 4:00 am |
  2. jrq

    It is midnight at Disneyland, Ca

    January 1, 2009 at 3:00 am |
  3. Sarah

    Love Anderson Cooper, but Kathy is really annoying. Please pick someone better for next year! I agree with the other blogger that she interrupts Anderson too much. Sorry, but shes annoying.

    January 1, 2009 at 2:42 am |
  4. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    im glad i forced myself to watch it, i had to pick myself up off the floor when anderson said 'pap smear'!!!!

    also, i am somewhat jealous that kathy got a partial spooning and a dance!!!! lucky girl!

    January 1, 2009 at 2:16 am |
  5. Kathy Collins

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!! Anderson, you are simply precious. Keep up the good work. I don't think I could have made it trough 2008, if not for 360. Hope your finally getting warm! Great job......If you ever get to K-Town, dinners on me. You look like you could use some home cooking. Love y'all at CNN.

    January 1, 2009 at 2:04 am |


    January 1, 2009 at 1:43 am |
  7. Janine from PA.

    I enjoy seeing NYC but oh to be warm out in Hawaii, or even in key west with Sushi.

    January 1, 2009 at 1:31 am |
  8. Toronto, Canada

    Loved watching Anderson and Kathy together!!
    The best New Year show ever!! You guys were too funny!:)
    Happy New Year!

    January 1, 2009 at 1:29 am |
  9. John Beccia

    We love you Anderson and Kathy! HAPPY NEW YEAR from Las Vegas, Nevada

    January 1, 2009 at 1:27 am |
  10. haresh menghamal

    hi anderson,
    i always watch cnn and i love watching new year's celebration with you guys.
    i hope i could experience it there in new york, the center of the universe! Its been a dream eversince.
    I live in the Philippines. Happy new year!!!!!!

    January 1, 2009 at 1:15 am |
  11. Sam-Oeun MAY

    Hi Kathy & Anderson: You 2 did a good job. I sent a comment to you both in the feedback of AC360. I said while you both shouting about the NEW YEAR Ball falling about some 20s seconds left, I saw instead the big signs 2009 TOSHIBA barring the falling ball. I know it was NOT the Toshiba New Year... HEY, HAPPY NEW YEAR TO U Both from Cambodia!

    January 1, 2009 at 1:11 am |
  12. Wl

    Great job AC and Kathy!

    January 1, 2009 at 1:08 am |
  13. danny

    It is sooo awesome to see kathy griffin and anderson cooper together hosting the new year's eve live this year. They did so well last year together and this year was also great. i really hope cnn would let kathy griffin and AC host new year's eve live again....they are awesome.

    January 1, 2009 at 1:02 am |
  14. Susan

    Happy New Year to Anderson, Erica and all the AC 360 Staff. Looking forward to watching you all in 2009. You do a great job with the programming on the show.



    Get warm as soon as you guys can.

    January 1, 2009 at 1:01 am |
  15. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Happy New Year Anderson, Kathy, Erica, CNN Staff and Everybody!

    Thanks for sticking around for us Central-Time Zoners!

    Now go inside and warm up! 🙂 Have a Great Night!

    January 1, 2009 at 1:01 am |
  16. bww

    best New Years show in YEARS !!

    January 1, 2009 at 12:58 am |
  17. susan wolfe

    Please tell me the purpose of Lil Wayne? It certainly wasn`t entertainment.

    January 1, 2009 at 12:56 am |
  18. Valeriu

    Happy New Year from Moldova, Europe!

    January 1, 2009 at 12:50 am |
  19. Carl Bloom

    OMG Anderson and Kathy are awesome, I am laughing my head off... You never know what kathy will do next... Happy New Year everyone....

    January 1, 2009 at 12:47 am |
  20. Belay Gezu

    A cold weather with a warm New Year Wish from Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffith from New York. I wish you to appear at Las Vegas after three hours. Let it be the end of worst year and the beginning of hope to America and the world.

    Belay Gezu

    January 1, 2009 at 12:46 am |
  21. Jeb Fitteron

    Get down there and keep the weirdos away from Erica Hill!!

    January 1, 2009 at 12:40 am |
  22. Mr. X

    The longer I'm watching Kathy and Anderson, the more I've impression that it's like Anderson talking to a "hyper-caffinated" Elmo 🙂

    January 1, 2009 at 12:40 am |
  23. Felicia Shultz

    Anderson: Love your laugh! It's so cute.
    From Duluth, Minnesota

    January 1, 2009 at 12:35 am |
  24. penelope

    Happy 2009 everyone. I'm bringing in this new year baking gingerbread cookies.Sloppy Sue lol. Kathy and Anderson should host every year!!!

    January 1, 2009 at 12:33 am |
  25. Mr. X

    Kathy, this is not a game show or quiz show? What's your point to ask Erica and Anderson questions out of the blue? Please let other people finish their sentences!

    January 1, 2009 at 12:32 am |
  26. Saffron

    Love you Anderson, Keep up the good work and Happy New Year!!

    p.s. CNN - NEVER bring Kathy Griffin back. She's crass and her voice is annoying! Plus she doesn't let people talk!

    January 1, 2009 at 12:31 am |
  27. NH

    Guys, Really loved the comedy. The chemistry was really good and watching Anderson try to reel in Kathy, like that is possible, was very funny! I hope you team up again next year. Its a nice switch for us.

    January 1, 2009 at 12:27 am |
  28. Kathi Fullerton Calif.

    Kathy is just too funny. I think she's in love with Anderson (who isn't). Anderson, where are your gloves??????

    January 1, 2009 at 12:25 am |
  29. Kathy

    2009 will be better than 2008, Anderson is the man, bring us a smile, we need more of that...too much saddness in the world...and yes, I drank...but at home

    January 1, 2009 at 12:24 am |
  30. Michelle

    Happy New Years Anderson and Kathy !! from Prince Rupert BC Canada, Sunny, Pam, Melissa, Rene and Rita!! 2009 is gunna be a beautiful year!!!

    January 1, 2009 at 12:23 am |
  31. Liz

    You are really great, but Kathie Griffin is rude, interrupts you constantly and screeches offensively.
    I believe your best teammate is Erica!
    PLEASE ditch the redhead!

    January 1, 2009 at 12:22 am |
  32. Al Leibman

    Good, lively show.

    January 1, 2009 at 12:22 am |
  33. Ashanty Korea

    Happy New Year's to all my loved ones in the U.S.A.!!!

    January 1, 2009 at 12:08 am |
  34. lora

    meanwhile...it's a mild 54 degrees in san diego and we're still partying the night away 🙂

    January 1, 2009 at 12:06 am |
  35. Maheen

    Mr.Anderson and Kathy wishing you and the entire world a very happy new year 🙂 May God bless us all.....

    January 1, 2009 at 12:03 am |
  36. Shannon

    Andersen & Kathy are fantastic, I've laughed out loud several times
    Happy New Year everyone, may this be the year our troops come home safe and healthy!

    January 1, 2009 at 12:03 am |
  37. Chris Shields

    I am sooo happy to see AC and Kathy G. So much fun!!!!!!

    January 1, 2009 at 12:02 am |
  38. KeepingitwarminFlorida

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! .....ok so....As the ball was dropping...we couldn't help but notice...TOSHIBA!!!!! Hello! Is this America or what? ..........

    January 1, 2009 at 12:01 am |
  39. lora

    Anderson... your counting was a little off... 😉

    Happy New Year!!!

    January 1, 2009 at 12:01 am |
  40. Christine

    Happy New Year to everyone in Corpus Christi, Texas

    December 31, 2008 at 11:59 pm |
  41. donna mckinnon

    Love you both! Kathy – when will you be back to Sacramento, CA – ?

    December 31, 2008 at 11:57 pm |
  42. Rob

    Hi Anderson,

    From Sydney Australia here, I love your 360 program. Happy New Year to you. I am now watching you and Kathy live in TV. Kathy can be annoying at times, she's funny though.

    December 31, 2008 at 11:54 pm |
  43. Betty, Virginia

    Happy New Year Kathy and "Andy"!

    December 31, 2008 at 11:53 pm |
  44. andrea, Philippines

    am watching the show right now. we just welcomed 2009 about 13 hours ago. have a blissful year everyone!

    December 31, 2008 at 11:52 pm |
  45. Ashley

    Happy new year from whippoorwill Dr

    December 31, 2008 at 11:52 pm |
  46. JS (Huntington, WV)

    I'm having so much fun watching Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper ring in the new year – especially how she makes him soooooo nervous!

    December 31, 2008 at 11:52 pm |
  47. Papa Thomas


    December 31, 2008 at 11:52 pm |
  48. KeepingitwarminFlorida

    Love you guys!....And yes WAY better than Ryan!.....Love the shoe drop in Key West wish we where down there. We just moved to Florida........sorry your freezing your bums off up North! ..........

    December 31, 2008 at 11:52 pm |
  49. Ashanty Korea

    Happy new year's from South Korea! It's about as cold here as New York :-(. But anyways, best of luck to everyone in the new year!!

    December 31, 2008 at 11:51 pm |
  50. Tandie, Hanoi

    The show is simply spectacular! Wish I were there. So bad the weather cant stay as high as it is in Hanoi. Stay warm, Anderson and Kathy, and many thanks for the show!

    Tandie, Hanoi (Vietnam)

    December 31, 2008 at 11:48 pm |
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