What’s the important thing to spending New Year’s Eve exterior in the middle of Times Square? Layers. Lots of layers.
Last 12 months’s New Year’s Eve was the second coldest ever on doc in New York City — temps lingered spherical 9 ranges, nevertheless it certainly felt even colder (minus 4) with the windchill. And whereas this 12 months’s forecast seems to be far more light, the hosts broadcasting dwell from Times Square aren’t taking any chances.
“Last year I actually had two [pairs of] gloves on, that’s how cold it was,” Ryan Seacrest, the host of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” tells The Post in an e-mail. “I wore gloves that were electric-heated, and we layered it with another pair of gloves with merino wool.”
Despite the layering, Seacrest says he’s “on the move a lot, which helps keep the adrenaline going.” And even if he’s “out in the elements most of the night,” the set does present some reprieve.
“The platform where I stand in the middle of Times Square has space heaters, ” Seacrest says.
Don’t inform that to Andy Cohen, co-host of CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live” collectively along with his longtime buddy, Anderson Cooper. Cohen says he “fought tooth and nail” closing 12 months to have moveable heaters on set nonetheless was rebuffed.
“They told me it’s a fire hazard,” Cohen tells The Post.
“Our set is really small, like just 5 feet on a riser,” Cooper says. “I think Ryan Seacrest has a whole set and a whole production. Andy seemed a little surprised at how bare-bones it all is.”
Prior to closing 12 months’s teeth-chattering current, Cooper, who’s web internet hosting for the 16th time this 12 months, was proactive and spent just about $3,000 on high-tech, electrically heated garments (gloves, coats, vests) from the Warming Store in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, an on-set mishap (“It was so cold, nobody was thinking straight,” he says) separated him from the batteries. This 12 months, he plans to value the garments up in advance and take a look at as soon as extra. Cohen, in the meantime, goes a bit further old-school.
“I love those low-tech hand warmers you can get at [the drugstore] that you put in your gloves and boots,” Cohen says. “I’m going to get a big bag of those.”
“Andy is going to have his assistant make him a suit out of those little heaters,” Cooper says jokingly.
Last 12 months, that’s nearly what occurred to Maria Menounos, co-host of Fox’s “New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey.” For her on-air Times Square wedding ceremony ceremony to her longtime boyfriend, Keven Undergaro, her workforce actually sewed these little hand heaters into her coat.
“They created pockets in the lining for them!” Menounos tells The Post.
Then, after the wedding, she modified out of her gown (“I had to change on the street, literally, with a black curtain around me!” she says) into plenty of layers — pretend fur-lined leggings, cashmere tights, plenty of layers of socks, plus Uggs and heat-tech pants and shirts.
That’s why, she says, this 12 months, she’s going to roll into New York “like Beyoncé on tour,” with loads of baggage.
“I’m choosing between, like, 100 jackets this year,” she says. “I’m so scared from last year, but even if it’s supposed to be more mild this year, I don’t want to be unprepared.”
Preparedness seems to flip year-to-year for “Rockin’ Eve” correspondent Jenny McCarthy, who spends most of the evening on the highway with revelers and by no means onstage with Seacrest’s heaters.
“I wear seven pairs of long underwear. There’s, like, silk ones, cashmere ones, wool ones. They get thicker as I go along,” she says, together with that she’s moreover a fan of those small heat pads all people else loves. “They’re taped all over my body.”
Still, even a New Year’s Eve vet like McCarthy, who’s been working the Times Square festivities since 2010, commits the occasional type pretend pas.
“Last year, I made the mistake to wear a fashionable Burberry raincoat that was hot pink,” McCarthy says. “I thought it would pop off the screen. It was the dumbest thing I’ve ever done, besides dying my hair brown once. It was a paper-thin raincoat. It wasn’t even lined. People told me I was stupid. I thought I was looking cool, and I didn’t.”
Trying to look cool on television is troublesome ample, nonetheless even harder in a beanie. While displaying on the “The Tonight Show” starring Jimmy Fallon in early December, Cohen talked about he doesn’t like how he seems in a winter hat, which is why he saved taking his off closing 12 months. Cooper, too, has shunned a hat at events because of his noggin is sort of well-known by itself.
This 12 months, don’t be surprised must you see Cohen masking his head: On his current, Fallon gifted Cohen a cashmere black cap to placed on this New Year’s Eve.
“I do have a few other tricks up my sleeve planned this year,” Cohen says. “And I promise I won’t complain.”
Says Cooper, “I think he’s going to have a flask.”
— Additional reporting by Eric Hegedus