WATCH: CNN’s Don Lemon misses NYE midnight countdown for Central time zone

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CNN news anchor Don Lemon attends the WarnerMedia Upfront at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in New York. (Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

WATCH: CNN’s Don Lemon misses NYE midnight countdown for Central time zone

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CNN is under fire after missing its New Year’s Eve midnight countdown for the Central time zone.

Rather than counting down the clock to 2023, host Don Lemon and celebrators in New Orleans danced to Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up.”

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Tossing beads into a crowd, Lemon can be seen appearing to recognize that the countdown had passed, according to footage of the incident.

“Ready for this countdown?” he asked the crowd.

Social media was quick to point out the mistake.

“Don Lemon had us joyfully shaking a** to Juvenile and accidentally missed the countdown in New Orleans #CNNNYE,” one Twitter user posted.

“Don Lemon botched CNN’s New Years countdown … what a perfect summary of that failing network,” another tweeted.

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Lemon’s apparent mishap occurred despite CNN’s decision to prohibit on-air talent from consuming alcohol during its New Year’s Eve broadcast.

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