UPDATE: Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper Exempt

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper host CNN's New Year's Eve coverage at Times Square on December 31, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

At a glance

  • CNN’s new boss told staffers that on-air talent won’t be able to booze it up when the ball drops on Dec. 31 to ring in 2023, although the yearly shindig’s hosts Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper will be exempt from the ban.
  • The left-leaning cable network’s new CEO Chris Licht told employees at a town hall meeting at the network’s Midtown Manhattan headquarters earlier this week that on-camera drinking damaged CNN’s credibility in the eyes of viewers, according to a Variety report which cited unnamed CNN staffers.
  • The clampdown comes after CNN personalities like Don Lemon got demonstrably tipsy and boozy during New Year’s Eve festivities.

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