Andy Cohen replaces Kathy Griffin for CNN's New Year's show

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Andy Cohen replacing Kathy Griffin on CNN's New Year's Eve broadcast

Cohen and Cooper, long-time friends of at least 25 years, will lead CNN in its 11th New Years Eve Live show.

Television producer and host, Andy Cohen, will take comedienne Kathy Griffin's spot co-hosting CNN's New Year's Eve Live with anchor Anderson Cooper, the network announced on Wednesday. "New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen" on Sunday, December 31st.

Griffin and Cooper previously served as co-hosts of the show since 2007 and had been longtime friends for almost two decades before their falling out in the wake of the Trump photo scandal. Most recently, Cohen appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 Monday to dissect the president's recent tweets.

CNN announced Griffin would be fired from her hosting gig nearly immediately after the fake, bloody head photo went public. She eventually apologized, but then later retracted that public mea culpa.

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"I'm going to keep making jokes about this guy", she said.

"Andy is the life of the party wherever he goes, and what bigger party is there than New Year's Eve?" asked Cooper in a well-rehearsed statement". Both Cohen and Cooper have also served as frequent guest co-hosts on fellow friend and media personality Kelly Ripa's morning show, particularly before Ryan Seacrest was named her permanent co-host.

Anderson Cooper (l) and host Andy Cohen at SiriusXM Studios on January 13, 2017 in New York City.

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