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  • ♪ ♪ ♪ >> Stephen: HEY, WELCOME BACK.

  • JOINING ME NOW ARE TWO OF TV'S FINEST.

  • YOU KNOW THEM FROM "ANDERSON COOPER 360" AND "WATCH WHAT

  • HAPPENS LIVE."

  • THIS YEAR, THEY'RE RETURNING AS CO-HOSTS OF CNN'S LIVE NEW

  • YEAR'S EVE COVERAGE.

  • PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO "A LATE SHOW," ANDERSON COOPER AND ANDY

  • COHEN!

  • GENTLEMEN, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE.

  • >> HEY, STEPHEN COLBERT!

  • >> Stephen: NOW, OBVIOUSLY, WE'VE GOT TO TALK ABOUT THIS NEW

  • YEAR'S EVE SPECIAL, HOW YOU POSSIBLY USHER IN A NEW YEAR AND

  • SAY GOOD-BYE TO A YEAR LIKE THIS.

  • BUT BEFORE WE DO, THERE'S OBVIOUSLY BIG NEWS RIGHT NOW-- A

  • SHIFT IN OUR COUNTRY'S LEADERSHIP.

  • BECAUSE LAST YEAR, LAST YEAR, ANDY -- THERE YOU GO-- YOUR SON,

  • BENJAMIN, WON "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE'S "CUTEST BABY ALIVE,"

  • OKAY.

  • NO CONTROVERSY THERE, OBVIOUSLY.

  • FAN FAVORITE.

  • BUT THIS YEAR... WYATT COOPER TAKES THE TOP PRIZE.

  • NOW, WHAT I EED TO KNOW, NOT ONLY FOR MYSELF BUT FOR THE

  • AMERICAN PEOPLE, IS THAT WILL THERE BE A PEACEFUL TRANSITION

  • OF POWER?

  • >> YOU KNOW WHAT?

  • WE WERE OFFERED TO-- BEN, OF COURSE, IS THE CUTEST BABY

  • ALIVE.

  • WE GOT THE OFFER FROM "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE, AND I THOUGHT IT WOULD

  • BE VERY SELFISH, ESPECIALLY IN A YEAR OF TURMOIL FOR US, TO TAKE

  • THAT AWARD.

  • SO WE SAID, LET'S GIVE IT TO WYATT COOPER THIS YEAR.

  • BECAUSE HASN'T ANDERSON BEEN THROUGH ENOUGH, QUITE FRANKLY?

  • ( LAUGHTER ).

  • >> Stephen: SURE.

  • >> YOU GAVE A HARD PASS TO BEING THE CUTEST BABY ALIVE FOR TWO

  • YEARS IN A ROW?

  • >> HE GAVE A CHARITABLE PASS.

  • >> Stephen: WOW, WOW.

  • >> Stephen: F.D.R. DID.

  • >> F.D.R. DID.

  • >> HE WAS CUTEST FOUR YEARS IN A ROW.

  • >> I'VE BEEN TRYING TO CONVINCE ANDY THAT I-- WYATT-- ACTUALLY,

  • WYATT HELD A MEETING WITH ME THE OTHER DAY, AND HE WANTS TO START

  • A TIKTOK HOUSE, BUT JUST FOR BABIES.

  • AND, YOU KNOW, LIKE L.A. HAS THE SWAY HOUSE.

  • HE'S TALKING ABOUT-- HE WAS CALLING IT THE POO HOUSE --

  • >> Stephen: WYATT AND BENJAMIN, THAT'S IT?

  • >> NO, NO.

  • THERE WOULD BE OTHERS.

  • BEVERAGE MIN IS ALMOST AT THE AGE THOUGH-- HE'S GETTING A

  • LITTLE OLD.

  • >> Stephen: SURE.

  • HE COULD HAVE A LITTLE WORK.

  • HE COULD HAVE A LITTLE WORK.

  • A LITTLE TUCK, LIP INJECTION-- >> SO WYATT IS JUST, YOU KNOW,

  • HE RUNS A TIGHT SHIP.

  • >> Stephen: LET'S-- HERE'S-- HERE'S HAPPY DAD AND SON RIGHT

  • THERE.

  • LOOK AT THAT.

  • >> OH!

  • >> Stephen: LOVE THE MATCHING OUTFITS.

  • YOU GUYS CAN HIDE IN A FLORAL SHOP WITH THOSE.

  • NO ONE WILL EVER FIND YOU, AMONG THE GARLANDS AT CHRISTMASTIME.

  • NO ONE CAN FIND YOU NEAR THE BANISTERS.

  • HERE YOU GO.

  • THERE'S ANDERSON AND WYATT RIGHT THERE, NOT TO BE OUT-CUTED.

  • AND AGAIN, I WANT TO WARN OUR VIEWERS AT HOME HOW CUTE THIS

  • IS.

  • >> AROUND ALMOST LOOKS LIKE A HUMAN BEING, DOESN'T HE?

  • >> Stephen: COMPARED TO A CHILD THAT HAS SEEN NO SUNLIGHT,

  • HE APPEARS TO HAVE FLESH TONE.

  • >> IT'S TRUE.

  • >> Stephen: NOW, WAIT A SEC, DO THE KIDS GET ALONG?

  • IF THEY'RE GOING TO START THEIR OWN HOUSE, THEIR OWN TIKTOK

  • HOUSE, DO THEY HAVE PLAYMATES?

  • ARE THEY ACTUALLY BUDDY.

  • >> WE'RE NOW KILLING TIME BETWEEN NAPS, LIKE MANY OTHER

  • PARENTS.

  • I GO OVER TO OORPD'S HOUSE EVERY WEEKEND, AND WE HANG OUT.

  • AND THE BOYS HAVE JUST KIND OF GOTTEN TO THE POINT WHERE

  • THEY'RE ACKNOWLEDGING EACH OTHER.

  • BEN HUGS WYATT AND GIVES HIM A LITTLE KISS.

  • WYATT REACHED FOR HIM THE OTHER DAY.

  • >> IT WAS A BIG MOMENT.

  • >> Stephen: IT IS.

  • ACKNOWLEDGING EACH OTHER, THAT'S AN EXAMPLE FOR THE REST OF THE

  • AMERICANS OUT THERE.

  • WE SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE EACH OTHER.

  • >> ISN'T IT?

  • >> Stephen: IT IS.

  • >> WE NEED TO LISTEN TO THE CHILDREN.

  • >> Stephen: I FEEL LIKE YOU DON'T MEAN IT, ACTUALLY.

  • >> WELL, I DIDN'T, BUT I DID.

  • >> BENJAMIN HAS YET TO ACCEPT HIS LOSS WHICH, YOU KNOW, RINGS

  • FAMILIAR.

  • >> Stephen: IT'S GOING TO GO ALL THE WAY TO THE SUPREME

  • COURT.

  • >> YOU KNOW, BEN IS HANDING DOWN A LOT OF HIS CLOTHES TO

  • ANDERSON-- I MEAN TO WYATT.

  • WYATT HAS A WHOLE STACK OF BEN-ME-DOWNS, WE CALL THEM.

  • AND I LIKED-- WHEN ANDERSON SENDS ME A PICTURE OF BEN-- I

  • MEAN, OF WYATT IN BEN'S OLD CLOTHES, I LIKE TO PUT THEM SIDE

  • BY SIDE AND DO A "WHO WORE IT BETTER?"

  • ( LAUGHTER ).

  • >> Stephen: HEY, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE, NEXT WEEK, I SEE IT, I

  • SEE IT.

  • >> IT'S LIT IN OUR TEXT CHAIN, STEPHEN.

  • >> Stephen: IS IT?

  • I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS, BUT I TRUST THAT THAT IS

  • SOMETHING WORTH SAYING.

  • "IT IS LIT IN OUR TEXTING."

  • >> YOU HAVE SOME SILVER GOING ON.

  • >> Stephen: OH, THIS IS.

  • YES, YES, IT'S BEEN A TOUGH YEAR, MY MAN.

  • >> I'VE ASKED YOU THIS BEFORE.

  • DO YOU DYE YOUR HAIR, COLBERT?

  • >> Stephen: NO, I DO NOT DYE MY HAIR.

  • >> THAT'S WHAT YOU SAY.

  • >> Stephen: NOR DO I CUT IT-- NOR DO I CUT IT ANYMORE.

  • LOOK AT THE SHAGGY D.A.

  • >> PLEASE, CAN WE HAVE AN INTERVENTION ON THIS?

  • ANDERSON IS MORE UPSET ABOUT MY HAIR.

  • >> HE'S LIKE A ROADY FOR THE GRATEFUL DEAD WITH THE HAIR.

  • >> Stephen: YOU HOLD HIS ARMS.

  • I'LL GET THE BRONZE MAN-SCAPER.

  • >> IT SOUNDS LIKE A FRIDAY NIGHT.

  • THAT SOUNDS LOOK A FRIDAY.

  • LET'S DO IT.

  • >> Stephen: HEY, WE'LL BROADCAST IT.

  • WE'LL BROADCAST IT.

  • SUPER BOWL RATINGS, BABY.

  • SUPER BOWL RATINGS.

  • ANDERSON-- >> PUT IT ON INSTAGRAM LIVE.

  • >> Stephen: ANDERSON, YOU GREW UP IN NEW YORK CITY.

  • NOW YOU'RE RAISING A BOY IN NEW YORK CITY.

  • ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE HIM TO ANY OF YOUR OLD HAUNTS AND SAY,

  • "HEY, THIS IS THE CARROUSEL."

  • WHERE DO.

  • >> WHERE DO THE BUTLERS TAKE YOU, ANDERSON?

  • WHERE DO THE BUT LERS TAKE YOU?

  • >> Stephen: THE VALET.

  • >> I HAD A NANNY AND SHE TOOK ME TO LOT OF PLACES.

  • MOST OF THE PLACES MY MOM TOOK ME, I'M NOT SURE I WOULD BRING

  • MY SON.

  • MY MOM TOOK ME TO STUDIO 54 WHEN I WAS 11.

  • I KNOW IT'S GONE, BUT I DON'T THINK --

  • >> Stephen: HOW ELSE IS YOUR SON GOING TO MEET MARGARET

  • TRUDEAU.

  • >> THE SECOND TIME WAS GRACE JONES.

  • SO-- >> OH, PERFECT.

  • >> Stephen: OH, WOW.

  • >> SO, YEAH, SO I DON'T KNOW.

  • I THINK I -- YOU KNOW, I DON'T NEED TO FOLLOW THAT PATTERN.

  • >> Stephen: LET'S GET TO THE IMPORTANT STORY HERE.

  • THE TWO OF YOU ARE RETURNING, BY DEMAND, TO HOST CNN'S NEW

  • YEAR'S-- LIVE NEW YEAR'S EVE BROADCAST.

  • SO HOW DO YOU SEND OFF A YEAR LIKE 2020?

  • DO YOU JUST, LIKE-- >> ...VERY DRUNK.

  • >> Stephen: OKAY.

  • THEN I HAVE A CLIP I WANT TO SHOW, BECAUSE I-- I THINK--

  • >> IT'S NOT HARD, IS IT?

  • >> Stephen: I THINK I MAY HAVE MENTIONED THIS TO ANDERSON

  • COOPER BEFORE.

  • I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY ANYONE DOES SHOTS.

  • I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE VALUE OR THE JOY ASSOCIATED WITH SHOTS.

  • AND WE HAVE A CLIP HERE OF ANDY MAKING ANDERSON DO SHOTS LAST--

  • WAS THIS JUST LAST YEAR?

  • >> YEAH, THIS IS LAST YEAR, I THINK.

  • >> Stephen: HIT IT.

  • >> I BROUGHT THE SHOT GLASSES FROM HOME.

  • CHEERS, BUDDY.

  • >> OKAY.

  • ♪ ♪ ♪ >> OH!

  • >> WHAT IS NEW YEAR'S EVE WITHOUT A LEGEND JOINING US.

  • LET'S GO LIVE TO-- ONE HOUR TO GO UNTIL 2020.

  • OH, MY GOD.

  • JUST ENOUGH TIME TO BRING OUT ALL THE SPECIAL GUESTS WE HAVE

  • BEFORE THE BALL DROPS.

  • KEITH URBAN AND NICOLE KIDMAN ARE JOINING US.

  • >> Stephen: HAVE YOU RECOVERED YET?

  • ARE YOU RECOVERED YET, ANDERSON?

  • >> HONESTLY, JUST EVEN YOU PLAYING THAT, I-- I HAVE A GROSS

  • YEAGER MEISTER FEELING IN MY THROAT.

  • >> THE IRONY IS I'VE BECOME THE STRAIGHT GUY AND HAVE TO DRIVE

  • THE BUS BECAUSE THIS ONE IS DOWN FOR THE COUNT.

  • HE'S-- HE'S SUCH A LIGHT WEIGHT.

  • IF NEWS BREAKS WHEN WE'RE ON THE AIR, I'M GOING TO BE THE GUY

  • THAT'S HANDLING IT.

  • >> Stephen: REALLY!

  • REALLY!

  • >> YEAH.

  • >> YEAH.

  • >> REALLY, BECAUSE -- >> Stephen: I REALLY WANT TO

  • HEAR ABOUT YOU TALKING ABOUT TRANQS ROLLING INTO KURG STAN.

  • THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO HEAR.

  • >> I WANT YOU TO HEAR IT, TOO.

  • >> Stephen: "THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF AZERBAIJAN"

  • WHAT WERE YOU SHOOTING BY THE WAY?

  • WHAT WAS THAT?

  • WAS IT JUST VODKA?

  • WERE YOU TAKING IT EASY.

  • >> TEQUILA.

  • >> AT THE END I THINK WE DID YEAGERMEISTER.

  • >> I MADE HIM DO A YEAGERMEISTER SHOT AT MIDNIGHT.

  • >> Stephen: THAT IS A TERRIBLE WAY TO END ANY EVENING.

  • >> I KNOW.

  • >> THAT'S WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT THIS NEW YEAR'S SHOW.

  • IT'S LIKE EVERYBODY'S NEW YEAR'S EVE.

  • YOU THINK IT'S GOING TO BE ONE THING.

  • IT ENDS UP GOING OFF THE RAILS.

  • YOU SORT OF HAVE A GOOD TIME, BUT SOMETIMES IT'S JUST MESSY

  • AND SLOPPY.

  • AND-- >> VERY AUTHENTIC.

  • IT'S AN AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE, UNLIKE A LOT OF THE KIND OF

  • PRETAPED B.S. THAT'S HAPPENING ON OTHER NETWORKS.

  • >> Stephen: WOW.

  • ( SNAPPING FINGERS ) OW!

  • OW!

  • HEY!

  • I NEED A-- ANDY, YOU HAVE-- YOU'RE FAMOUS FOR MODERATING

  • WHAT CAN BE CONTENTIOUS GROUPS OF PEOPLE.

  • ALL THERE FOR THE SAME PURPOSE, WHICH IS TO JUST SCRATCH EACH

  • OTHER'S EYES OUT.

  • BUT YOU MANAGE TO KEEP EVERYBODY IN LINE.

  • >> YES.

  • >> Stephen: ANDERSON, ANDY, WHICH IS HARDER, MODERATING A

  • CNN POLITICAL PANEL, OR THE "REAL HOUSEWIVES OF?"

  • I WOULD LOVE TO SEE DAVID GERGEN THROW A GLASS OF CHARDONNAY IN

  • RICK SANTORUM'S FACE.

  • >> RICK SANTORUM LOVES HER CHARDONNAY, DOESN'T SHE?

  • >> Stephen: AND THE CLAWS COME OUT!

  • >> YES, THEY DO.

  • >> THAT GLORIA BORGER IS SO CATTY!

  • BUT WHAT WAS SHE WEARING?

  • ( LAUGHTER ) WHY DID GLORIA BORGER WEAR THAT

  • BALL GOWN THAT WAS IN LISA'S REJECT PILE IN 2011?

  • >> Stephen: THAT'S THE QUESTION YOU'VE GOT TO ASK THIS

  • YEAR, ANDY-- ANDERSON.

  • ANDERSON.

  • ANDERSON HAS TO ASK IT.

  • WOULD YOU EVER WANT TO TRADE JOBS FOR A DAY TO DO EACH

  • OTHER'S GIG?

  • >> I COULD NOT-- >> YEAH, I WOULD LIKE--

  • >> I COULD NOT DO WHAT ANDY DOES.

  • >> I WOULD LIKE A DAY OFF TO DEAL WITH HIS PANEL.

  • I WOULD LOVE IT.

  • CAKEWALK!

  • YEAH.

  • >> Stephen: WELL, LISTEN, GUYS, I THINK WE'VE COVERED ALL

  • THE SUBJECTS.

  • I THINK SO.

  • ARE YOU GOING TO WATCH -- >> Stephen: I WAS GOING TO

  • TALK ABOUT THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE, BUT I THINK ALL OF THIS

  • IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AT THIS POINT.