Viewers in the United States have delighted in recent years at the sight of Anderson Cooper and other network notables quaffing drinks in New York’s Times Square as revelers party behind them.
It’s the end of an era. One of the finest traditions of the holiday season will never grace televisions again: there shall be no more Drunk Don Lemon in your living room. This is a sad moment, really. Lemon was known to get wet and wild each year, one time even getting an on-air piercing and another time proposing to Brooke Baldwin (seen above as the world turned to 2017) for our viewing enjoyment.
Baldwin, of course, left the building a few years ago after being downplayed during 2020 election coverage. And that left Lemon with no Partner in Drunk Crime. However, that doesn’t seem to be the reason for CNN’s official determination that only a choice few (Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen) will be allowed to get lit this year. He did the most, frequently from New Orleans.
Why is this happening to us? New CEO Chris Licht is apparently fretting over wanting his anchors to stay respectable, and I say, “C’mon.” It’s not like we’ve seen Jake Tapper blazingly drunk. He can be the respectable one, and let everyone else have some fun. Alas (and no offense to Coop and Cohen), it’s simply not gonna be a fun CNN New Year’s Eve anymore, and some people have suspicions for why this is the case.
This had to be the nail in the coffin https://t.co/fVe3SwMXrx pic.twitter.com/pWIBE79Qhz
— Lo Life Daniel (@LoLifeDaniel) November 16, 2022
we ain’t forget about this one pic.twitter.com/Qd0KjgxZaf
— skinny batman (8-1) (@slimmreeper) November 17, 2022
Don Lemon rambling, “I need a little more balance in work-life, and I may be open to a relationship this year” = gold. Sadly, however, the below kind of display will be the extent of CNN’s good time from here on out.
If CNN hosts were always drunk and actually spoke their mind, it’d be a lot more watchable. pic.twitter.com/oeRqohWdlx
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) January 1, 2022
CNN's Anderson Cooper taking shots while drunk on live TV: "Ah! Gaw! Ah! Aw! It’s like burning your lungs! Aw! [Weird hissing sounds]" pic.twitter.com/5XkM08PReo
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 1, 2019
Will you still watch? I’ll be flipping channels, that’s for sure.