CNN sent two of its anchors, Don Lemon and Brooke Baldwin, to New Orleans for New Year's Eve and Lemon took the opportunity to start downing shots of tequila while Baldwin watched on site and Anderson Cooper commented dryly from New York:
It seems @donlemon, @BrookeBCNN got the #CNNNYE party (and the drinking) started a little early down in New Orleans https://t.co/vSI1sy9oXk— Anderson Cooper 360° (@Anderson Cooper 360°)1483235280.0
It begins to dawn on Baldwin that perhaps Lemon is taking his assignment to cover the celebration a bit too liberally as more shots are ordered and downed. "The tequila is, like, emitting from your pores!" she tells her co-anchor.
.@donlemon and @BrookeBCNN are still drinking tequila in New Orleans. Less than 2-hours to go! #CNNNYE https://t.co/vDDHMBdfvW— Anderson Cooper 360° (@Anderson Cooper 360°)1483240680.0
At some point, the tequila finally hits and Lemon begins to explain to Baldwin that he might be open to a relationship in 2017, even though he thinks he's a bad person to date and is very self-centered. Major respect to Baldwin for playing best friend to your drunken buddy who has a come-to-Jesus moment after too many shots of tequila.
Lemon really ramped things up when he had to make a decision between getting his nipple pierced or his ear pierced, as one does after downing shots of tequila all night. He chose his ear, by the way.
And then, like any good New Year's Eve celebrant does, Lemon just enjoys being "lit."
Don Lemon is SMASHED on live TV and his co-anchor looks like she's had enough. These tears I cry 😂😂😂 https://t.co/D8mwQxTcnx— Simply TC (@Simply TC)1483251905.0
And after all the revelry and bad decisions, CNN finally decided Mr. Lemon had simply gone too far when he declared, bleary-eyed, that 2016 was "awful."
.@CNN cuts Don Lemon's mic after he said "2016 was awful" on live tv. Honestly, that was the most sober thing he's said all night.— James Brosher (@James Brosher)1483250610.0
Admitting having a bad year is more offensive to their viewers than watching a man getting a needle stabbed through his ear on live television, according to CNN.
Hope Don's head — including his ear — feel better soon.