Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper host CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage in Times Square on December 31, 2017.
- CNN bosses have reportedly told their star anchors that there will be no on-air drinking this New Year’s Eve.
- Superiors fear the on-air antics likely to occur could damage the network’s reputation for serious journalism.
- In previous years, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen were seen downing shots of tequila while Don Lemon had his ear pierced, before ranting on live TV last year: ‘You can kiss my butt, I don’t care. I don’t care. “.
Cable news giant CNN has told its star anchors they must cut back on on-air booze this New Year’s, with bosses seemingly determined to make their broadcast a more sober affair.
Viewers in the United States have reveled in recent years to the sight of Anderson Cooper and other network notables chugging drinks in New York’s Times Square as revelers partied behind them.
The loosening of the tie has led to some viral moments, including a cackling Cooper and co-host Andy Cohen downing shots of tequila, with the white-haired reporter seemingly struggling to keep it together.
Fellow reporter Don Lemon, who has traditionally taken the reins next Auld Lang Syne was sung, ran hard in TV drinking practice, had his ear pierced on air one year.
Last year, while wearing a shiny blue jacket, he gave an alcohol-fueled rant about how he had the right to vent his opinions. “And you know what?” he asked, “You can kiss my butt, I don’t care. I don’t care.”
But CNN bosses want things toned down, apparently fearing the on-air antics could damage the network’s reputation for serious journalism, entertainment platform Variety reported.
The topic was discussed during a company town hall event between staff and new president and CEO Chris Licht.
“During the meeting, Licht told employees that on-camera drinking has eroded the credibility of CNN staff and damaged the ‘respectability’ they enjoy among viewers,” Variety reported.
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