Published On: Thu, Nov 8th, 2012

Diane Sawyer behaves strangely during election coverage, fuels Internet rumors

Diane Sawyer cohosted ABC’s election coverage with George Stephanopoulos.

Her speech was slurred (“President Barack Ora – Barack Obama“), she wandered, seemed on the verge of giggling, and she kept leaning forward on her arms – some say, like a drunk asking for a drink.

Twitter exploded with the hashtag: #DrunkDianeSawyer

“Diane Sawyer’s name is trending. Many people saying she seems drunk on air,” New York Times reporter Brian Stelter, who was in the ABC control room at the time, tweeted. “Alternative theory: She gets this way when she’s really tired.”

Check out some of the tweets below. Here’s the video of Sawyer asked about the explanation point in President Obama’s slogan: “Forward!”


diane sawyer is drunk. on america. no, really, i think she is drunk. – @zefrank
And Diane Sawyer declares tonight’s winner is… chardonnay! – @tmbg
 “OK,” she saidat one point around 10 p.m. ET, “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, stumbling over the president’s name.Josh Groban tweeted, “I’ll have what Diane Sawyer is having.”

Ricki Lake retweeted the comment: “And Diane Sawyer declares tonight’s winner is… chardonnay!”

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