As 2022 goes out, so too will a recent holiday tradition: During CNN’s broadcast of various New Year’s Eve celebrations, Don Lemon probably won’t be downing shots on camera.The Warner Bros. Discovery-backed news outlet wants to pare back some of the zany antics that have become a staple of its wee-hours coverage of the last night of the year. While Anderson Cooper will still be able to imbibe during primetime hours -- along with his co-host Andy Cohen -- while...
Anderson Cooper may not have grabbed headlines at CNN the way Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon have in recent years, but his steady presence at the Warner Bros. Discovery-backed outlet may actually be more useful in its current era. Under new CEO Chris Licht, CNN is charting a more moderate course and trying to keep its on-air staff from expressing the passion or opinion they had leeway to unveil during the oversight of former chief Jeff Zucker. Cooper hasn’t shied away from the spotlight, sharing his personal struggles with grief in the podcast “All There Is,” which he launched in September as he was going through the belongings of his storied late mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. He has tested new program formats on Facebook and the now-shuttered streaming hub CNN+, and he continues to report on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”