by Pamela Williams
HA! HA! News Anchor at CNN, Don Lemon, had his mic pulled last night while hosting CNN’s NYE festivities from New Orleans with Brooke Baldwin. Oh, what a night it was! The hosts were drinking tequila, and you could hear their glasses clinking as they chatted away. Lemon asked for more drinks, and then he started about what an “awful” year 2016 had been. I wish I had watched that, but I missed it.
‘Happy New Year,’ 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 agrees.
Then he continues: ‘So 2016 was awful…’
And suddenly the sound dips away completely. Footage of New Orleans crowds plays silently for five seconds.
Then the sound comes back – minus Lemon and Baldwin.
What could have spooked the producers? Could Baldwin have been about to shed the ‘lightweight’ label and launch a counter-attack on the President-elect?
Sadly, we may never know.
If 2016 was painful for Lemon, then he saw the year out in appropriate fashion, getting an ear piercing live on air.
As midnight approached in Louisiana, the host tweeted: #CNN producers & @brookebcnn trying to convince me to get a tattoo or a piercing of some sort. Should I? #cnnnye’
And it wasn’t an empty threat either, as he recruited a piercer shortly afterward to stick a needle through his earlobe live on television.
‘If this hurts I’m going to be so mad,’ he winced as co-host Brooke Baldwin gripped his hand tightly in support.
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OH, and meanwhile in New York at the Dick Clark New Year’s Eve celebration at Times Square: Mariah Carey suffered through a nightmare train wreck performance in Times Square on New Years’s Eve as technical problems left her completely out-of-syc with her lip syncing track – causing her to storm off stage. The megastar diva was supposed to herald in 2017 and say good riddance to 2016 before the traditional ball drop by performing two hits, Emotions and We Belong Together. However, she appeared unable to hear any backing track, so stopped pretending to sing and put a hand on her hip while the backing vocal track of her voice carried on without her. Furious with the unfolding disaster in front of millions inside Times Square and watching at home, Carey, who was dressed in a stunning pink bodysuit, began pacing in frustration across the stage. Trying to keep calm, she stopped and told the crowd that despite the performance falling apart at the seams, ‘I’m trying to be a good sport here’. Her backup dancers bravely carried on, but quickly became confused leading Mariah to say, ‘It is what it is,’ she said. ‘It just don’t get any better’ – at which point she walked off the stage. Mariah later tried to brush off the huge blunder, writing ‘s*** happens’ in an Instagram post after the set