Andy Cohen joins Anderson Cooper on CNN New Year's Eve

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

It's official: Andy Cohen is joining Anderson Cooper as co-host of CNN's New Year's Eve special this year.

The twosome will ring in 2018 from Times Square in NY on CNN's "New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen" on Sunday, December 31. Cooper said in a statement.

Cohen added, "I've been friends with Anderson for 25 years". The two tour regularly and host a night of conversation across the country. "We are pleased to see she has apologized and asked that the photos be taken down".

When Cooper appeared on Cohen's Bravo late-night show Watch What Happens Live in July, he said he and Griffin were "still friends".

After Griffin posted a photo of herself brandishing a severed head that looked like President Trump, CNN made a decision to cut ties with the comedienne.

For his part, Cohen had also hosted several New Year's Eve specials in recent years, dating back to 2010.

The comedian was sacked from CNN, lost a commercial endorsement deal, and was slammed by her co-host of a decade, Anderson Cooper, who called the photo shoot "clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate".

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

CNN's 11th annual New Year's Eve broadcast will air live in Times Square in New York City at 8 p.m.

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