Watching reporters get drunk on New Yr’s Eve is definitely the very best half about tv protection of the vacation, however you in all probability can’t look ahead to an inebriated rant from Don Lemon this 12 months. As Selection experiences, CNN has ordered its correspondents to put off the ingesting whereas they work on this 12 months’s New Yr’s Eve.
In addition to Lemon — who obtained his ear pierced throughout his post-12:30 a.m. block of the present in 2016 and guaranteed viewers final 12 months that he was a “grown ass man” who didn’t care about his haters — Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen take the cake for the community’s Most More likely to Go Viral workers. Cooper and Cohen have hosted CNN’s New Yr’s Eve protection since 2002 and 2018 respectively, and the dynamic between their friendship tends to be exacerbated by alcohol, from Cohen ranting about Mayor de Blasio whereas Cooper awkwardly seems to be on to the Bravo host speaking his extra restrained buddy into doing pictures.
Apparently, the duo will nonetheless be capable to drink beneath CNN’s new coverage since they serve solely as “hosts” and never “reporters,” whereas CNN’s different workers (like Lemon, who not too long ago switched from primetime to a brand new gig internet hosting CNN This Morning) received’t be allowed to hitch in on the enjoyable. The rule comes from the community’s new CEO Chris Licht, who instructed workers throughout a city corridor assembly that ingesting on digital camera hurts CNN’s credibility and damages its reporters’ “respectability.” By no means thoughts that their New Yr’s antics are in all probability probably the most relatable they ever get to the common viewer (to say nothing concerning the uptake in viewers it definitely gives).
Cooper and Cohen will return to host CNN’s New Yr’s Eve protection this 12 months, however the community hasn’t introduced what reporters can be compelled to work sober on the most important occasion evening of the 12 months. Pour one out for these poor souls.