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Kathy Griffin strips to underwear, but Anderson Cooper still more embarrassed by Green Goblin abduction on New Year's Eve

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Kathy Griffin broke CNN’s “no nudity” order on New Year’s Eve when she stripped down to her bra and underwear shortly before midnight. Watch the video below. Sadly, we’ve yet to see anyone upload her and Anderson Cooper’s second most talked about moment: That bizarrely unfunny interruption of the telecast when we — and all of the confused Times Square revelers looking up at the JumboTron beneath the ball — watched the Green Goblin from Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark try to convince a kidnapped Cooper to become an anchorman on his World Wide Freak Network (WWFN). Maybe that bit would have played better if the Green Goblin had identified himself sooner, or had the picture and sound not gone in and out for home viewers, or had it felt at all timely. Still, watch Spider-Man save Cooper below in a short clip. Griffin properly ridiculed Cooper afterward, at least, with lines like: “This is what happens when I take a day off,” “If you think you’re ever gonna live this down,” “Was that your integrity coming up and now it’s gone?” (after Cooper coughed), and “After that last bit, I feel above you. Trust me.”

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New Year's Eve TV: Chat about it here!

What’s the sound of New Year’s Eve to you? It may be “Auld Lang Syne” for some. For others, it’s Anderson Cooper’s giggle. Get ready to hear it again as he and Kathy Griffin reteam for CNN’s coverage, which goes live at 11 p.m. ET. UPDATE: Check out the best of Kathy and Anderson here.

If you’re staying in for the night, you’ll want to tune into ABC at 8 p.m. ET, for the live New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 40th anniversary countdown of the 40 most memorable performances. That leads into Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest at 10 p.m. ET. The New York City lineup includes Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber (who’ll collaborate with Carlos Santana), Pitbull, and Hot Chelle Rae. The Los Angeles party will feature The Band Perry, blink-182, Florence + The Machine, Gym Class Heroes, LMFAO, OneRepublic, Nicki Minaj, Taio Cruz, will.i.am, and Robin Thicke. We’ll also see a special performance by Beyoncé from the London leg of her worldwide tour. UPDATE: Watch Justin Bieber sings ‘Let It Be’ here. Watch Lady Gaga’s medley performance here. See the list of ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ best performances here. READ FULL STORY

POLL: Which New Year's Eve bash will you be tuning in for?

Much like the other anxiety-causing questions that hang heavy over your head on New Year’s Eve (“When should I leave this party?” “What will my resolution be?” “Who should I kiss at midnight?” “Why did I kiss that person at midnight?!”) “Which televised New Year’s Eve bash should I watch?” looms just as tauntingly over the holiday. Unfortunately the networks aren’t going to make your decision much easier this year, as there’s a plethora of specials to tune into to watch that blasted ball drop.

You’ll have to choose your allegiances to Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, as he’ll be ringing in 2012 on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, along with the likes of Lady Gaga, Pitbull, Hot Chelle Rae, The Band Perry, blink-182, Christina Perri, Florence + The Machine, Gym Class Heroes, LMFAO, OneRepublic, Nicki Minaj, Taio Cruz, and will.i.am; while she’ll be on MTV for their New Year’s Eve Bash with Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo, Mac Miller, and J. Cole. (Then again, you might have to take into consideration that Bieber’s New Years won’t really count, on account of his being Canadian and all.) READ FULL STORY

JibJab says farewell to 2011, Charlie Sheen, the debt ceiling, and Rebecca Black -- VIDEO

It wouldn’t be the end of the year without an animated farewell video crafted by those kooky folks over at JibJab. This year’s targets include: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s love child; Justin Bieber’s new hair; Anthony Weiner’s member… ship in the club of pols felled by sex scandal; the fake-out Rapture(s); the Kardashian wedding fiasco; Occupy Wall Street; and the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and Borders, and Osama bin Laden.

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Kathy Griffin kalls out Kim Kardashian in latest stand-up special

Tired Hooker, the title of Kathy Griffin’s latest stand-up special, does not in fact refer to Kim Kardashian, though Griffin didn’t pull any punches when she addressed the soon-to-be-twice-divorced socialite in last night’s set. Griffin made no bones about the fact that she’d been joking about Kim Kardashian’s fairy-tale wedding less than three months before. Since we all know how that turned out, Griffin had plenty to say, including taking the accusation that the marriage was a profit-fueled fraud to the next level. Watch her diatribe here.

Later in the special, Griffin dusted of her vapid KK voice as she dismissively read from Kardashian’s Nov. 1 letter explaining the split from Kris Humphries to her fans. She also shared tidbits from her Nov. 2 run-in with Kris Jenner on morning TV. Long story short, Griffin won’t be easing up on the First Family of Reality TV any time soon. Watch a clip below: READ FULL STORY

'Piers Morgan Tonight': Kathy Griffin teases evil plans for Anderson Cooper on CNN New Year's Eve 2012

Ever since CNN asked Kathy Griffin to host its New Year’s Eve broadcast for the first time back in 2007, the fiery comedian has made it her mission each year to a) get fired and b) humiliate cohost Anderson Cooper. Griffin visited Piers Morgan Tonight Monday to preview her fifth year on the job, including her diabolical plans to drunk-dial Wolf Blitzer and roofie Cooper. “My dream is to make the screen turn to a bar code,” she proclaimed. See the full video below.
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George Clooney joins Dustin Lance Black's Prop 8 play

George Clooney will participate in a benefit one-night-only reading of Dustin Lance Black’s 8, a play chronicling the historic legal challenge to California’s Proposition 8, the American Foundation for Equal Rights announced today. Rob Reiner, an AFER founding board member, will direct the performance, which will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on March 3.

Black based the play on actual court documents and his interviews with the plaintiffs from the case to overturn Proposition 8, which denied gay and lesbian Californians their rights to marry. Clooney is the first of what is expected to be an all-star cast similar to the one that premiered the play in New York last September. “It is astonishing that gay and lesbian Americans are still treated as second-class citizens,” Clooney said in a statement. “I am confident that, very soon, the laws of this nation will reflect the basic truth that gay and lesbian people — like all human beings — are born equal in dignity and rights.”

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Rosie O'Donnell vs. David Letterman: Whose monologue was meaner?

Rosie O’Donnell didn’t like what David Letterman had to say about her, or her fiancée Michelle Rounds, during the opening monologue on his show Tuesday night. But, rather than apply the old “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt” adage, O’Donnell opted to hurl said stones right on back. During the opening monologue of her show on OWN, O’Donnell criticized Letterman for his “loving, supportive comments,” when he joked, “The woman she is marrying, her fiance, was driving and her car broke down. And guess what happened? Rosie pulls up right behind her in her tow truck.”

After showing the clip from The Late Show with David Letterman to her audience, O’Donnell said, “Why is that Dave? Why? I don’t remember making fun of you when you had sex with all your interns! I didn’t do that. I didn’t make fun of your rampant, throbbing heterosexuality, did I Dave?” READ FULL STORY

Carson Kressley and Carrie Fisher, together at last

This just in! “Vogue” specialist Carson Kressley and wishful drinker Carrie Fisher are in production on a Hallmark Channel original Holiday 2012 movie called Caroling — a modern-day spin on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Fisher will play the ghost of a book publisher who used to be Kressley’s boss. Carson, beware! Never go with a hippie to a second location.

I think the real question here — besides “Why can’t they fast-track this mess for 2011?” — is “When is Carrie Fisher going to do Dancing With the Stars?” I say she should join the cast of season 15 in fall 2012 — that way she and Carson, who will hopefully have become a third host by that point, can endlessly plug their Hallmark Christmas movie as often as Tom Bergeron mentions the dreaded “Macy’s Stars of Dance.” No one will get annoyed at all.

Sound like a plan?

Celebs fight a good fight with Trevor Live: Red-carpet photos from the star-studded event

Typically an assortment of so many A-list stars in one place can only mean one thing in Hollywood: an awards ceremony. (That, or Garry Marshall just made another ensemble comedy about a holiday nobody likes.) And while an award was given out at Trevor Live (to none other than Lady Gaga) over the weekend at the Hollywood Palladium, celebrities convened for a much greater cause: to raise money and awareness for The Trevor Project an organization that provides “crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.” Just a few names in attendance: Amy Poehler, Neil Patrick Harris, Queen Latifah, Zachary Quinto, and Amber Heard.

EW was on the scene for the star-studded fund-raiser and caught up with a few of the celebrities on hand on the red carpet. Check out the photos, as well as what some stars, like Darren Criss, Kris Allen, and event guest-director Adam Shankman, had to say about the night: READ FULL STORY

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