As 2022 winds down, so will a recent holiday tradition: During CNN’s coverage of various New Year’s Eve celebrations, Don Lemon likely won’t pass out on camera.
The news outlet is backed by Warner Bros. Discovery wants to solve some of the jokes that have become a staple of their wee hours coverage on the last night of the year. While Anderson Cooper will still be able to imbibe during prime time hours – along with his co-host Andy Cohen – while the duo hangs out in Times Square, correspondents and anchors who may have slurped down alcoholic concoctions on camera (or from) in the past. to stop the practice.
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The network’s New Year’s Eve coverage was the subject of a town hall discussion Tuesday between CNN staff and Chris Licht, the company’s chairman and CEO. The New Year’s Eve broadcast will be CNN’s first broadcast under Licht’s auspices. During the meeting, Licht told employees that he felt drinking on camera eroded the credibility of CNN personnel and damaged the “respect” they might have among viewers.
And yet, Lemon’s site and co-hosts like Brooke Baldwin — now gone from CNN — have gained traction on social media and generated a lot of viral conversation.
CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage isn’t the most-watched thing on TV that night — Ryan Seacrest’s show on ABC usually draws larger TV crowds — but it’s part of the holiday., Cooper is in his New Year’s Eve duties beyond the ABC host and is a auld lang syne game from 2002, initially driven to accept the idea by his own ambivalence about the event.
New Year’s Eve is often “too difficult, too stressful to go out. There is something a little depressing about it. It often ends badly for many people,” said the anchor Diversity in 2020. But the Times Square broadcast, he says, allows viewers to celebrate without risking a bad night. “There are two people standing out in the cold and rain watching things happen. Funny things happen, and plenty of things happen, and that’s it. It’s a fun night out, and that’s all you could ask for on New Year’s Eve.”
In recent years, Cohen’s influence has helped lighten the mood. The Bravo host is not shy about drinking, gesticating or ranting. He used CNN’s New Year’s Eve platform to take on former New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio or encourage Cooper to take more shots than is probably advisable for a television anchor hosting a broadcast. national.
If Cooper and Cohen look toward clues, Lemon tends to lean in decisively. He led CNN’s coverage of the holiday after 12:30 in the morning, when things get more complicated. One year, Lemon hit his ear on live TV. In last year’s show, he went on a rant, telling viewers he was a “grown man” who “could share my point of view on TV and it makes people angry and you know what it,” he said. You can kiss my back, I don’t care. I do not care.” He was joined by CNN’s Alisyn Camerota and comedian Dulce Sloan.
The anchor has long been in complete control of himself on camera. “The idea is to have fun. What can I do that is interesting and attractive to the audience?” Lemon said Diversity in 2018. “I understand that if I’m going to get a tattoo, I’m making that decision.” Executives may be rethinking how much fun he should have in light of the plan for his new role on CNN’s retooled morning show. CNN has not said if Lemon and Camerota will appear for this year’s cover.
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