CNN Cracks Down On Drinking During ‘New Year’s Eve Live,’ Viewers Mourn Loss Of Hosts’ On-Air Antics

CNN Cracks Down On Drinking During ‘New Year’s Eve Live,’ Viewers Mourn Loss Of Hosts’ On-Air Antics


CNN is cracking down on its anchors boozing on its “New Year’s Eve Live” show.

During a company town hall, CNN chairman and CEO Chris Licht informed staff that he would put a stop to much of the drinking that has usually been a hallmark of CNN’s New Year’s Eve programming. Hosts like Anderson Cooper will be allowed to keep drinking, but anchors and correspondents like Don Lemon will be prohibited from drinking during the broadcast. Variety broke the news Wednesday.

This year will be the first New Year’s Eve show overseen by Licht since he took over the network in February. During the meeting, Licht reportedly told staffers that drinking on-air eroded the presenters’ credibility and “respectability.”

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