CNN to chop again consuming on New Year’s Eve broadcast

The brand new boss of CNN has made a sobering announcement concerning the community’s forthcoming New 12 months’s Eve protection.

Based on Selection, CNN chairman and alleged social gathering pooper Chris Licht knowledgeable workers throughout a town-hall assembly on Tuesday that the corporate intends to cut back the alcohol-induced chaos that has grow to be an indicator of its on-air festivities. Licht instructed staffers that consuming on digicam undermines CNN’s credibility and “respectability,” Selection reported.

The community’s new consuming coverage possible received’t have an excessive amount of of an impact on its prime-time New 12 months’s Eve particular hosted by longtime friends Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen — who’re recognized for getting tipsy in the course of the countdown to midnight and can nonetheless be allowed to imbibe behind the scenes (at the very least), in line with Selection. Nonetheless, lifetime of the social gathering Don Lemon — well-known for entertaining audiences together with his antics whereas co-anchoring CNN’s post-midnight protection — may be required to dial it down a notch.

Up to now, Lemon has repeatedly gone viral on social media for his numerous New 12 months’s Eve shenanigans — from getting his ear pierced underneath the affect in 2016 to telling anybody who doesn’t need him to share his “point of view on television” to “kiss my behind” in 2021 (or the early hours of 2022, for these on the East Coast).

Final 12 months, Cooper and Cohen headlined CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live” broadcast earlier than Lemon, Alisyn Camerota and Dulcé Sloan took over for spherical two.

Earlier this 12 months, a spokesperson for CNN confirmed to The Instances that Cohen would return to Instances Sq. to ring in 2023 after making destructive feedback about host Ryan Seacrest’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” and inflicting some to invest that the Bravo producer had been over-served. (“I mean, with all due [respect], if you’ve been watching ABC tonight, you’ve seen nothing,” Cohen mentioned on air. “I’m sorry.”)

“The only thing that I regret saying … is that I slammed the ABC broadcast,” Cohen mentioned on his radio present on the time.

“I really like Ryan Seacrest, and he’s a great guy, and I really regret saying that. And I was just stupid and drunk and feeling it. … I just kept talking, and I shouldn’t have.”