Don Lemon was on the air live celebrating the New Year in New Orleans when CNN had to shut off his mic mid-sentence as Lemon began complaining about how bad 2016 was.
When the clock struck midnight, Lemon, who had spent the night doing Tequila shots live on T.V., had his mic cut as he started to complain to his co-host Brooke Baldwin about the “awful” 2016. The CNN producers weren’t taking any chances.
Here’s how it happened:
The brass band started to play Auld Lang Syne in New Orleans as midnight struck, and #drunkdonlemon began to trend on Twitter. The cameras cut away to crowds of happy people shouting “Happy New Year,” and footage of fireworks.
Lemon can be heard saying;
“Oh my god! I need a little more – pour me a little more – a little more – perfect. That had a big head on it.”
“I can’t hear a damn thing,” Lemon says to Baldwin, who agreed, then Lemon said “So, 2016 was awful…”
Suddenly the sound dips away completely and footage of New Orleans crowds played silently for five seconds. When the sound came back it was without Lemon and Baldwin. No one ever got to hear Lemon’s reasons for hating 2016 but Lemon did have a rough year.
The CNN host, who spent most of the 2016 year covering Donald Trump as he campaigned for president, had taken hits from Trump during the entire year and was called a ‘lightweight’ and ‘dumb as a rock’ by Trump on Twitter.
Lemon appeared to be in a festive mood and decided to get an ear piercing live on air. The host tweeted: #CNN producers & @brookebcnn trying to convince me to get a tattoo or a piercing of some sort. Should I? #cnnnye’
Lemon made his decision and a piercer showed up and stuck a needle through his earlobe live on television.
“If this hurts I’m going to be so mad,” he told Baldwin as she held his hand.
Twitter went crazy with approvals, with most agreeing #drunkdonlemon was the best of the New Year’s Eve hosts.
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