CNN Reporters Banned From Boozing It Up During New Year’s Eve Coverage

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31:  Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin on New Year's Eve 2016 In Times Square at Times Square on December 31, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Watching reporters get drunk on New Year’s Eve is easily the best part about television coverage of the holiday, but you probably can’t look forward to an inebriated rant from Don Lemon this year. As Variety reports, CNN has ordered its correspondents to lay off the drinking while they work on this year’s New Year’s Eve.
  • Besides Lemon — who got his ear pierced during his post-12:30 a.m. block of the show in 2016 and assured viewers last year that he was a “grown ass man” who didn’t care about his haters — Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen take the cake for the network’s Most Likely to Go Viral employees.
  • Cooper and Cohen have hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage since 2002 and 2018 respectively, and the dynamic between their friendship tends to be exacerbated by alcohol, from Cohen ranting about Mayor de Blasio while Cooper awkwardly looks on to the Bravo host talking his more restrained buddy into doing shots.

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