Andy Cohen is distancing himself from Instagram.
Andy Cohen and business partner Anderson Cooper hosted CNN's New Year's celebration live from Times Square this year. As typical, they threw to various correspondents, cracked jokes, and drank alcohol. The result, a series of clips that have gone viral on Twitter in the days to follow.
Of the clips, in one, Cohen slammed outgoing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. In another, he made a joke about "Ryan Seacret's group of losers that are performing behind us." He even made an off-handed mention about how Cooper likes to bring food into the bedroom. And in another, he went after Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Meta Platforms, the company that owns social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, as well as Whatsapp.
"My New Year's resolution is to spend less time on Instagram," he said in a clip.
"We create too much content," Cooper nodded in agreement.
"No," Cohen clarified. "I will create content but I want to spend less time on the app. Yeah, Mark Zuckerberg," the host turned to the camera. "Don't mess with my mind Mark Zuckerberg! I know what you're doing. Yes, I know what you're doing.
"Listen, I have ten more minutes of this platform," he continued. "So I'm going to keep going. "Mark Zuckerberg, you are messing with all of us. How dare you? How dare you?!"
Hours later, Cohen took to Twitter to reflect on his statements.
"Good morning," he tweeted. "Um, I was a little bit overserved last night."
Overserved or not, many agreed with his point about Zuckerberg. As evidence hs surfaced of not only Facebook and Instagram's harmful effects on mental health and society, but of the company's knowledge of these possible impacts and reticence to do anything about it in pursuit of profits, Cohen seemed spot on. Still on Monday, he released a small public apology.
“The only thing that I regret saying, the only thing is that I slammed ABC’s [broadcast of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve], and I really like Ryan Seacrest and he’s a great guy," he said on his show Radio Andy. "I was just stupid and drunk and feeling it. And it was, I was continuing the Journey rant, and I just kept talking and I shouldn’t have, and I felt bad about that. So that is the only thing [I regret]. It’s the only thing”.
CNN also released a statement.
“Andy Cohen said something he shouldn’t have on live TV," a representative wrote. “We’ve addressed it with him and look forward to having him back again next year.”