The host’s comments come after CNN Chairman and CEO Chris Licht, who was named as the head of the network in February, told employees this week that he believes on-air drinking damages CNN’s “respectability” among viewers, according to Variety.
The New Year’s Eve program has made for a number of viral moments in the past, including Cohen’s roast of former New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and the “broke dick” exchange between CNN’s Don Lemon and comedian Dulcé Sloan.
The network will still allow Cooper and Cohen to drink alcohol during the broadcast, Variety reported, but other anchors and correspondents cannot.
Cohen told Yahoo Life that he believes New Year’s Eve is a night to go hard, and he promised to do just that this year.
“I think people enjoy watching me try to get Anderson plastered, and I will be,” Cohen said.
“The announcement yesterday was that CNN doesn’t want their correspondents drinking on New Year’s Eve. I think that people don’t understand. I will be drinking on New Year’s Eve — just rest assured of that.”
In response to the Variety report, Cohen also told his “Watch What Happens Live” audience this week that he vowed to “party harder” on the program with Cooper.
You can watch a clip of his remarks below.