Don Lemon, the CNN anchor, apparently had his microphone cut during CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage on Saturday night.
Lemon—who had covered the rise of President-elect Donald Trump—started drinking tequila shots live on the air, as Mediaite reported.
“Happy New Year,” Lemon is 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,” he then says. “So 2016 was awful…”
Then the sound cut off as footage of the crowd in New Orleans, where Lemon was filming, is shown silently for five seconds. The sound then returns without Lemon and host Brooke Baldwin.
According to fellow CNN hosts, Lemon was drinking tequila several hours before midnight.
“@donlemon and @BrookeBCNN are still drinking tequila in New Orleans. Less than 2-hours to go!” wrote CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Twitter.
Regarding his 2016 comments, Lemon wasn’t able to elaborate. However, he and Trump had a rocky relationship, with the president-elect describing him as a “lightweight” and “dumb as a rock.”
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) January 1, 2017
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) January 1, 2017