CNN Has Barred Its New Year’s Eve Hosts From Getting Tipsy, Sloppy, Sloshed, Drunk on Air

From a Washington Post story by Jeremy Barr headlined “CNN has barred its New Year’s Eve hosts from getting sloshed”:

Over the last few years, CNN’s annual New Year’s Eve special has become the go-to place to see your favorite serious journalists down shots of alcohol and get sloppy, or, as New York magazine put it, to “get looser than you’d expect.”

A seemingly buzzed anchor Don Lemon got his ear pierced on live television on New Year’s 2017. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, one of the network’s most decorated and well-respected journalists, squawked like a bird after downing a tequila shot to ring in 2019 and cried, “it’s like burning your lungs!”