CNN host Don Lemon had his microphone cut off after he announced that 2016 was "awful" on New Year's Eve (video below).
Lemon's audio was cut right after he did the countdown in New Orleans with co-host Brooke Baldwin, who expressed concern for Lemon when he began drinking on the air three hours before midnight, notes RawStory.com.
Earlier during the live broadcast, Lemon got his ear pierced.
Before the piercing, CNN co-host Kathy Griffin in New York City urged Lemon to get his nipple pierced, which Griffin's co-host, Anderson Cooper, advised against. Lemon groaned while his ear was pierced, and his fellow CNN co-hosts agonized with him.
Former CNN host Soledad O'Brien was not impressed and tweeted: "A drunk anchorman got his ear pierced live on tv last night. It's a very low bar for credibility."
Later in the night, Lemon told viewers, "People are saying I'm lit, yeah, I'm lit, who cares? New Orleans is lit."
Lemon also revealed on the air that he got a text from his mother telling him that he was "tripping." Baldwin joked that someone needed to cut off Lemon's drinks.
Baldwin asked Lemon about his New Year's resolutions, which he answered quite honestly:
I need a little more balance in work life. I may be open to a relationship this year. I wasn't before ... Actually being available to be in a relationship ... I'm a bad person to date. I'm not selfish, but I'm very self-centered. I'm not going to be as self-centered. But I don't really do resolutions. I live my life to the fullest. I don't care what people think of me. I do what I want because it's my life, you know what I'm saying? Don't put me in a box, Brooke Baldwin or anybody.
Lemon's Mic Turned Off