As is his wont, Lemon drank himself drunk during his show in New Orleans, getting fully into the spirit of getting into spirits. When midnight drew nigh, Lemon tweeted: "#CNN producers & @brookbcnn trying to convince me to get a tattoo or a piercing of some sort. Should I? #cnnnye"
He wasn't kidding.
Lemon found a piercer soon thereafter and had his earlobe pierced on live TV.
"If this hurts, I'm going to be so mad," he said as he winced like a sissy and Brooke Baldwin, his co-host, held his hand tightly to assuage his terror.
"Is your mother watching?" she asked. "I bet your mom is . . . Momma Lemon, I don't know what he's thinking. At least it's just his ear, you know what I'm saying?"
"Don't get blood on the jacket; it has to go back to Brook's Brothers," he begged just as he began to cry out in pain as he was stabbed in the ear.
Twitter went berserk with approval, mostly agreeing that #drunkdonlemon was the best of New Year's Eve hosts because he's fun to watch make a fool of himself.
Perhaps next year he'll get circumsized, live on the air.