CNN’s Don Lemon gets ‘Lady Lit’ during network’s NYE countdown

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CNN’s Don Lemon rang in the new year once again with his wild and entertaining on-air antics during the network’s New Year’s Eve coverage from New Orleans.

Speaking with his fellow anchors — including Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper and Brooke Baldwin — Lemon called the festivities the “gayest New Years show on air.”

As reported by, it wasn’t long before the #DrunkDonLemon hashtag was born on Twitter, where users posted footage of the jovial journalist singing, dancing, cradling puppies and getting lit while reporting live.

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“Everyone wants to see Don Lemon get lady lit!” he told Baldwin.

“What number are we on?” she asked as he drank from a plastic cup and gave Tito’s a shoutout, Yahoo reports. Lemon admitted that he stopped counting.

“Don Lemon fried out here,” one Twitter user wrote. Another praised the anchor for “living his best life.”

At one point, Lemon asked viewers to make his hashtag a trending topic, “Make it trend! Make it trend! #DrunkDonLemon!”

New Orleans’ local paper, The Times-Picayune, questioned Lemon’s drink of choice as his broadcast began, “Is that a beer already @donlemon?”

“I’m not drunk, but whatever,” Lemon noted before quickly changing topics, asking Baldwin: “So listen, do you like Mexico?”

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Additional highlights from CNN’s NYE coverage included Oscar-winner Gary Oldman assisting magician Criss Angel via satellite from Las Vegas with card trick.

Comedian Dave Chappelle also appeared via satellite from Yellow Springs, Ohio, and he was asked by Cohen about Kevin Hart stepping down from hosting the Oscars.

“I was afraid you were going to ask me about that,” Chappelle said. “Kevin Hart is a great comedian and I’m sorry he won’t be hosting the Oscars.”

When asked if he would be interested in the hosting gig, Chappelle replied, “If they’re mad at Kevin, I think they’d be untenable if I did it.”