Anderson Cooper, anchor of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°, has been the co-host of CNN’s New Years Eve Live since 2002. The special runs from 8 p.m. EST on December 31 to just after 1 a.m. on January 1.
It covers the New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York’s Time Square, as well as having correspondents visit some of the other festivities taking place throughout the United States.
This year, Anderson Cooper was joined by his friend Andy Cohen, television producer and host of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Bravo.
The pair drank shots of tequila throughout the night, and it appears that Cooper is not used to drinking straight tequila. When asked about the upcoming broadcast last month, Cooper said, “Getting to ring in the New Year with Andy is a total joy and I can’t wait for the big night!” He may have been re-evaluating that statement with every shot.
His hilarious reactions were eternalized in the following mashup video, shared on Twitter.
— Megan Ferguson (@OUfergie) January 1, 2019
Some thought Cooper’s reactions were a good allegory for 2018 in general.
Anderson Cooper performs 2018 in one act.pic.twitter.com/AM3t3CbvF2
— TOᑭ ᖇOᑭE TᖇAViS (@TopRopeTravis) January 1, 2019
Anderson Cooper taking a tequila shot is the biggest mood pic.twitter.com/ERrhihFdnk
— stanton michael (@stantonmadams) January 1, 2019
Disturbingly, the #FirstThingIDidIn2019 was watch Anderson Cooper do a shot and scream like a child.
— Kevin (@kevinwxgg) January 3, 2019
— Katrina (@EnvGeoKat) January 3, 2019
Anderson Cooper doing shots is the end to 2018 we didn’t know we needed.
— Indivisible Idaho (@IndivisibleID) January 1, 2019
the sound anderson cooper made when he took a shot is literally me pic.twitter.com/G6oRrHJP92
— 🖤🗡vic💧🥀 (@failin_gram) January 3, 2019
— Terni (@osgoodie) January 3, 2019
He’s so adorable. And Hilarious 😂😂😂😂😂☺
— Kim 🌻 (@keandric) January 1, 2019
Anderson Cooper on NYE is the only reason I wish I got CNN
— Selah Robb (@redrobbin13) January 1, 2019
Others compared Cooper’s reactions to various animals.
Alcohol turns Anderson Cooper into a possum. Good to know.
— Alex Stunned Dawlish (@InjuredAlex) January 1, 2019
Anderson Cooper sounds like he just swallowed a falcon. pic.twitter.com/gHwbZrZlxa
— Bob Menery (@BobMenery) January 2, 2019
He sounds like a dying alien baby. 👽😭
— Catboy In A Dress (@CatboySuperhero) January 2, 2019
Cohen and Cooper have been friends for over 25 years, how has he never taught Cooper how to do tequila shots before now?