Diane Sawyer’s slurring on Tuesday night’s election coverage left many asking whether she was drunk. Sawyer and her co-host George Stephanopoulos were covering the elections but it was Sawyer’s strange speech, slurring and body mannerisms that captured viewers.
“I wanna — can we have our music, because this is another big one here? Minnesota, we’re ready to project Minnesota, rrright now. … Well, tonight we know that President Barack has won Minnesota,” she said during the taping.
It didn’t take long for celebrities to point out her slurring and odd behavior, “I’ll have what Diane Sawyer is having,” tweeted singer Josh Groban. Scores of other people poked fun at Sawyer’s alleged intoxication. “You do it.’ ‘No, YOU do it.’ Producers fighting over who tells Diane Sawyer during the commercial break that Twitter thinks she’s drunk,” wrote Twitter user Karyn Spencer. “America’s big decision: NBC has an ice rink. ABC has drunk Diane Sawyer. There are two Americas tonight,” wrote tweeter Joseph Scrimshaw.
Someone even created a Drunk Diane Sawyer parody Twitter that tweeted a series of hilarious comments that were rife with misspellings and mentions of alcoholic drinks. “nothing to c here guys im ok d’ont worry abot me,” said the page. “hey guys wh o won i fell aslee?p.”
However, it wasn’t all fun and games. New York Times writer Brian Stelter logged on to defend his fellow journalist. “Diane Sawyer’s name is trending. Many people saying she seems drunk on air. Alternative theory: she gets this way when she’s really tired,” he wrote.
Diane Sawyer nor ABC has yet to officially comment on the broadcast.
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