(FreedomBeacon.com)- Ryan Seacrest approves of CNN’s new alcohol policy for New Year’s Eve that will limit their hosts’ consumption, according to The Daily Caller. Seacrest, 48, said that he was in favor of the rumored policy, noting that he thinks it is a good idea for hosts to stay sober during airtime.
He added that he was not sure how drinking alcohol became part of CNN’s tradition but suggested that they need to “scale back.”
Seacrest will once again be hosting “Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve” in Times Square in New York. He will be accompanied by co-hosts Liza Koshy and Jessie James Decker. Duran Duran, New Edition, J-hope, and Jax will be giving performances as part of ABC’s segment, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The veteran host explained that he and the other hosts part of ABC will not consume any alcohol until after 1:05 a.m. and guessed that viewers probably want to see them drink more, not less. Seacrest then took a jab at CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live,” asking whether there was one respectable person there.
CNN’s show is co-hosted by Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen. Seacrest referred to them by calling one a serious journalist and the other a “friend of mine who likes to have fun,” before repeating that he thinks limiting alcohol is a good idea.
The comments come after a publicized incident last year involving Cohen and Seacrest. The host reportedly mocked Seacrest and ABC by saying, “If you look behind me, you’ll see Ryan Seacrest’s group of losers performing. I’m sorry but if you’re watching ABC, you’re watching nothing.”
Seacrest said that the hosts probably would not have made fun of ABC’s performers if they were not drinking. But Cohen does not apologize for his comment. He asserts that he defends what he said and that he had fun that night.