Anderson Cooper Debuts New New Glasses, Talks Valium (VIDEO)

Anderson Cooper's transformation from serious newsman into newsman/daytime personality hybrid continues.

The face of CNN and future syndicated daytime talk show host, who will co-host CNN's New Year's Eve special with Kathy Griffin, previewed Friday's broadcast and showed off his new glasses while also admitting that he was on prescription drugs.

"Yes, I know, I look like Rachel Maddow," Cooper said as he showed off his new glasses (a follow-up from when he debuted an earlier pair of glasses this spring).

Griffin joked that Cooper's glasses were nerdy, and that their New Year's Eve competition "Ryan Seacrest would not be caught dead with those glasses on."

Cooper admitted that he was on prescription drugs for the interview.

"I threw out my back, and so I've taken two Valium for this interview, so I'm actually a little loopy," he said.

"That's my dream come true! Can you take four on New Year's?" Griffin responded.