"Ryan Seacrest's group of losers that are performing behind us," Cohen jokingly said during the broadcast after consuming a few too many cocktails. "I mean, with all due [respect], if you've been watching ABC tonight, you've seen nothing. I'm sorry."
"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," Cohen apologetically said. "I really regret saying that, and I was just stupid and drunk and feeling it."
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"I just kept talking and I shouldn't have," the Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture author added. "I felt bad about that. So that is the only thing. It's the only thing."
"Andy is her friend, but Ryan is her work husband, he is family," the insider close to the daytime diva, 51, added. "When you attack Ryan, you also attack Kelly, that is how close they are."
“What makes matters worse is that Kelly works for ABC. She is very loyal. She is a class act. Calling ABC viewers 'losers' isn’t cool," the source maintained. "One thing is for sure, it’s going to be very to ever ask Andy to fill in on ABC next to Kelly the next time Ryan is off."