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Kathy Griffin is Back with Anderson Cooper to Co-Host CNN New Year’s Eve

Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper ring in 2009 on CNN. (Photo: Chris Ariens)

Despite reports to the contrary, Kathy Griffin will be back on CNN this New Year’s Eve co-hosting the network’s late night special with Anderson Cooper.

“The Most Trusted Name in News just got a whole lot more trusting” said Griffin. “I’m thrilled that they’re letting me co-host New Year’s Eve with Anderson Cooper again!”

Griffin has reportedly beefed up her security after being booed at the recent USO show “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops.” Griffin had joked about Bristol Palin‘s performance on “Dancing with the Stars,” saying she was “the only contestant in the history of the show to actually gain weight.”

This will be the fourth year that Cooper and Griffin have co-hosted New Year’s Eve on CNN. They’ll take the stage at 11pmET but CNN’s NYE programming begins hours before and a will include a special edition of Larry King Live at 9pmET. King’s final Live broadcast is this Thursday.

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Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin Co-Host CNN’s New Year’s Eve Coverage

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin return to New York City’s Times Square to co-host CNN’s coverage of the New Year’s Eve celebration on Friday, Dec. 31, from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.(ET). The duo will reunite for the 4th year of “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin”.

“The Most Trusted Name in News just got a whole lot more trusting” said Griffin, “I’m thrilled that they’re letting me co-host New Year’s Eve with Anderson Cooper again!”

“Once again, I’m terrified to be co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve show with Kathy Griffin” said Cooper, “It’s often bitterly cold, and yet after being with her for a few minutes on live television, I find myself drenched in sweat.”

CNN correspondents will provide reports from celebrations across the country and around the world. CNN International anchor and correspondent Isha Sesay will join Cooper and Griffin from the crowd in Times Square. Correspondent Gary Tuchman will report live from Central Park for the annual Midnight Run. Correspondents John Zarrella will be live in Key West, Florida and CNN anchor and correspondent Brooke Baldwin will broadcast live from The Hard Rock Café in Nashville, Tennessee.

Leading up to “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin” will be “Anderson Cooper 360’s All the Best, All the Worst 2010″, which will air at 8pm and 10pm ET. Hosted by Tom Foreman, the special takes a look back at the year that was. From politics to pop culture and big news stories to the internet and sports, we’ll cover the best and the worst moments of 2010 with our panel of guests: our own Anderson Cooper, Newsweek’s Julia Reed, The Onion’s Baratunde Thurston, comedian Pete Dominick, the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen, CBS’s The Talk host Julie Chen, super Twitter tweeter Jack Gray, truTV’s Sunny Hostin, and CNN’s Kathleen Parker and Eliot Spitzer. A special edition of Larry King Live will air at 9pm ET.

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