January 1st, 2009
04:56 PM ET

Happy New Year

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Anderson Cooper

I wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a happy new year. Last night with Kathy Griffin was fun, though I could have done without the freezing cold temperatures. Some of the people in Times Square waited more than twelve hours. I honestly don’t know how they did it. I was out there for about four hours and am still trying to thaw out. The show last night was certainly unpredictable, and there were a few moments I could have lived without, but I love being in Times Square at the stroke of midnight, and I hope you enjoyed the broadcast. I haven’t really made any resolutions this year, I just hope it’s a happier year for all those who have been hit hard by the economy and by conflict in 2008.

I also wanted to thank you for making us the number one broadcast at 10pm in the most important viewer demographic. We spent a lot of time this year on politics and more recently, the economy, and have really tried to stay focused on bringing you real news and smart, in-depth analysis. Our competition at Fox won among total viewers, and I congratulate her for that, but winning in the demo is a major accomplishment for us. In addition to thanking all our viewers, I also want to thank the men and women I work with. They put in a lot of long hours and they work very hard to bring you the best broadcast possible. I am very proud of the team we have assembled, and all of us here look forward to working hard for you in the new year.

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  1. Don, WA

    Whoa dude what a knarley New Year's – just got home – really big waves, I mean really big shooooo (shoe) (shew) (show) last night! AC and Kathy G. have chemistry like H2O – keep it com'in next year. Later. Happy New Year!

    January 2, 2009 at 3:54 am |
  2. Carol from Oregon


    You and Kathy were hillarious last night!! My husband and I hadn't laughed so hard in a while. You two definitely have great chemistry and need to host another New Year's special next year.

    Keep up the excellent work on AC360!! I can't get enough of you and your show!!

    January 2, 2009 at 3:44 am |
  3. Erin

    Happy New Year!!

    Great show last night Anderson , lots of laughs, enjoyed it. Do it again next year with Kathy. You looked fantastic as well!!

    Have a great 2009!!!

    January 2, 2009 at 3:27 am |
  4. sarah/alabama

    Enjoyed you and Kathy last night....love your laugh and your class! What that IZ singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow? Love his version! Happy New Year!

    January 2, 2009 at 3:00 am |
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