Don Lemon Needled By Ear Piercer ... On Live NYE Show

1/1/2017 7:14 AM PST

Don Lemon Gets His Ear Pierced On CNN's Live NYE Special

Don Lemon is out there again ... this time he decided to have someone stick a needle in his ear during CNN's live NYE broadcast.

The CNN anchor was in New Orleans, and just before midnight, some dude with a mask did the dirty work. It's painful to watch.

Don Lemon ... way to ear-ring in the new year.