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

The new boss of CNN has made a sobering announcement relating to the community’s forthcoming New Year’s Eve protection.

According to Variety, CNN chairman and alleged occasion pooper Chris Licht knowledgeable workers throughout a town-hall assembly on Tuesday that the corporate intends to reduce the alcohol-induced chaos that has change into a trademark of its on-air festivities. Licht instructed staffers that consuming on digital camera undermines CNN’s credibility and “respectability,” Variety reported.

The community’s new consuming coverage possible received’t have an excessive amount of of an impact on its prime-time New Year’s Eve particular hosted by longtime buddies Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen — who’re identified for getting tipsy throughout the countdown to midnight and can nonetheless be allowed to imbibe behind the scenes (at the least), in response to Variety. However, lifetime of the occasion Don Lemon — well-known for entertaining audiences together with his antics whereas co-anchoring CNN’s post-midnight protection — is likely to be required to dial it down a notch.

In the previous, Lemon has repeatedly gone viral on social media for his varied New Year’s Eve shenanigans — from getting his ear pierced below 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).

Last yr, 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 yr, a spokesperson for CNN confirmed to The Times that Cohen would return to Times Square to ring in 2023 after making damaging 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.”)

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“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.”

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