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Was Diane Sawyer Drunk On Election Night, Or Was Extra Coffee To Blame?

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Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images

kearthevents Britt Bickel
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The most-talked about event next to the actual election results itself was the strange and often erratic behavior from ABC host Diane Sawyer during her election night coverage.

Sawyer quickly surged as a hot topic in the Twitterverse with many users noting her slow, slurred speech and the way she propped herself up with her arms on her anchor desk.

Many jokes spurred from her bizarre behavior claiming the host was drunk, on prescription pills or even possibly suffering a stroke on air. Even a parody Twitter handle Drunk Diane Sawyer was created after the hubbub and quickly accumulated hundreds of followers.

Before going on the airwaves for the election coverage, Diane tweeted out a photo with the caption “Your tweets and extra coffee. Fuel for Election Day #YourVote,” begging the question, what was in that coffee?

So was the extra coffee to blame for her wacky on air behavior? Listen to some clips of Sawyer’s coverage and tell us whether you think she was drunk, exhausted or maybe just had a little too much extra coffee before going on air.

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