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Don Lemon attends the 10th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

CNN anchor Don Lemon had a little bit too much fun live on television on New Year's Eve


It's a tale as old as time.  Man has a bad year. Man drinks at the end of the bad year. Man says unkind things about the bad year. 

Unfortunately for CNN anchor Don Lemon, his version of the age-old story happened to unfold on live television. 

Lemon started drinking a little early and wound up talking about his personal life as millions of people watched. 

First, Lemon started drinking a little early. 

Next, Lemon started getting others to join in on the act. 

Lemon even got his ear pierced live on the air. 

Finally, Lemon opened up to America live on camera. 

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