While on "Live! With Kelly And Ryan," Ryan detailed the celebratory evening, saying the ABC stage, which he was broadcasting from, and the CNN stage, which Andy and Anderson Cooper stood on, were 10 feet away. Despite their proximity, Andy gave Ryan the cold shoulder all night. However, Kelly Ripa, who is close with both Andy and Ryan, insists that nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Kelly, who was not in Times Square for the evening, said that Andy tried to get Ryan's attention multiple times.
"He said he was trying to get your attention," Kelly said after claiming she spoke to Andy about the situation. Ryan retorted, "Really? Honestly… we're within 10 feet of each other doing the show."
The "American Idol" host added, "It was funny because my big stage was right in front of Anderson and Andy. When I was not working, I was trying to get their attention."
During his takedown of Andy, Ryan praised Anderson.
"They have a great show. And Anderson, the best. He turns around and he says, 'Have a good show.' Class. Class. Andy did not turn around," Ryan said.
The perceived beef between the two seemed to begin last year when Andy, who was admittedly inebriated during CNN's usually boozy New Year's Eve coverage, ripped the ABC broadcast.
"If you look behind me, you'll see Ryan Seacrest's group of losers performing," Andy said on Dec. 31, 2021, broadcast. "I'm sorry but if you're watching ABC, you're watching nothing."
A few days later, Andy admitted he crossed the line.
"The only thing that I regret saying, the only thing is that I slammed the ABC broadcast and I really like Ryan Seacrest and he's a great guy," he said on his SiriusXM show.
CNN put the kibosh on the on-air drinking, at least among its hosts, for its 2023 New Year's Eve broadcast, something Ryan openly supported.
"I don't advocate drinking when one is on the air. I don't know how that started as a tradition, but it's probably a good idea (to scale back)" Ryan told Entertainment Weekly.
He later took a dig at Andy.
"I think there's a serious journalist and then a friend of mine who has a lot of fun, but it's probably a good idea (to reduce alcohol). Although the viewers probably wish they would drink more. But I think they had something to say about my show at one point, which was I'm sure from the alcohol because, I don't think they would say what they said about our performers if they weren't drinking," Ryan said. "I think our show's a bigger, broader show and we will not drink until 1:05 in the morning. Although, I might send them some Casa Dragones Tequila just to tempt them while they're on the air."