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Pete Davidson and Miley Cyrus Will Replace Carson Daly on the New Year's Eve Special You Don't Watch

By Dustin Rowles | TV | November 30, 2021 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | November 30, 2021 |


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I have never listened to Alex Cooper’s “Call Me Daddy” podcast, but she is friends with Cazzie David, whom she had on her podcast earlier this year. While Cooper didn’t mention Cazzie David by name, she did recently say on her podcast that she has a friend who has dated Pete Davidson. “Having known someone who dated him, let’s just say it’s a f***ing disaster.”

Those comments seem to mirror some of Cazzie David’s own thoughts in her memoir, where she revealed that she broke up with Davidson, changed her mind a few days later, but was told that Davidson was “the happiest he had ever been” without her. He broke up with her via text two days later after two and a half years of dating.

It’s really neither here nor there, just a piece of gossip I stumbled across during my, uh, daily sweep of Pete Davidson news. The bigger news, however, is that he and Miley Cyrus will replace Carson Daly as host of this year’s New Year’s Eve special for NBC. Carson Daly had hosted a special for NBC since 2004, which is insane to consider since I had no idea that Carson Daly was still on TV. Then again, I don’t watch the Today show where he apparently makes regular appearances, or The Voice, where he serves as host. Really? Carson Daly?

Lorne Michaels will produce the replacement special, Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party, and listen: I have kids and I am of the age now that I actually watch the 20 minutes or so of these New Year’s Eve specials leading up to the ball dropping. You know what I like to see? Mess. It’s what made Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin (and to a lesser extent, Bravo Andy) so enjoyable to watch on New Year’s. It’s hard to beat ringing in the New Year with a drunk and giggly Anderson Cooper.

Still, I cannot imagine a bigger mess for New Year’s Eve viewing than a drunk Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson in a show produced by Lorne Michaels with an array of featured celebrity guests. I mean, a blitzed Pete Davidson interviewing Colin Jost and Scarjo in 10-degree weather sounds like a mess in the making.

It’ll have to be an awfully big mess, though, to overtake Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest, which is not only the most-watched of the New Year’s Eve specials but was the highest-rated entertainment program of last year, beating out even the Oscars. Really? Viewers prefer the bland competence of Ryan Seacrest to the potential for disaster? That’s a surprise.

I know who I am watching this year, and it’s definitely the guy who is a “f***ing disaster” to date.

Source: Deadline, The Blast



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