Call it a case of “the most trusted name in news” countenancing the vulgar presence of “of the most tasteless slut in show business,” wrote Howard Portnoy at the Examiner.
Hyping their coverage of Times Square revelers ringing in the New Year, CNN’s Press Room proclaimed:
“Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin are back to co-host CNN’s coverage of the New Year’s Eve celebrations on Monday, Dec. 31, from 10 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. (ET). Bringing back their fun and unpredictable New Year’s Eve countdown program for the 6th consecutive year, Cooper and Griffin will ring in the new year live from NYC’s Time Square for CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin.”
Clearly the cable network showed how desperate for a ratings boost they are as evidenced by Cooper’s statement in advance of the airing of the show.
“As always, I await New Year’s Eve with Kathy Griffin with grave reservations and tremendous fear, and I want to apologize in advance to anyone she may offend/assault/attempt to kiss” said Cooper.
Consider that during the 2009 show, Griffin dropped an F-bomb. The year before she directed a vulgar oral sex reference to a heckler. Last year she stripped down to her underwear. She outdid herself Monday night in her quest to shock the veteran newsman by referring to his genitalia on air and later attempting to simulate oral sex on her openly gay best friend.
Newbusters provides the best video offering of the shock buzz complete with a transcript.