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CNN Tells Its Journalists To Please Calm Down Around The Celebrities, Jeez

Guys, be chill.

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You may have heard because people on the internet had some opinions about J Law rocking a black dress outside during a British winter. Especially when her male costars looked like they were about to go fox hunting.

She hit back at critics of the photo, posting on Facebook: "You think I'm going to cover that gorgeous dress up with a coat and a scarf?"

You can read more about that here.


You can see some pictures of her at the BAFTAs here.

Well, apparently CNN bosses were a little embarrassed.

In an email obtained by BuzzFeed News, CNN London editors Tommy Evans and Krsna Harilela asked journalists to please calm down around the celebrities, you're freaking them out.

"The guest traffic in the London bureau has increased and at times, we are graced with the presence of high profile athletes, celebrities and politicians," the memo read.

"This can be exciting for all of us but let’s remember we need to provide an environment where our guests feel comfortable about coming in and sharing their thoughts and views. The impression they leave with, about their experience, is what determines whether they come back or not. We want them to remember CNN London bureau for the professional environment that it is and to come back."

There was a special note about asking all the celebrities for selfies.

"Please refrain from filming of taking photos of our guests outside of their interviews without permission and help retain the professionalism in the way this bureau operates. Asking for a photo is fine if it is cleared through the producer who arranged the interview or the guest is asked or is willing.

"Furthermore, let’s be cautious with what you share on social media as there are times where the agents negotiate specific details around appearances of the celebrities and it could also be a breach of security arrangements made by the guest."

It's some great advice: Be chill around the celebs. Now let's just hope the most decorated CNN journalists lead by example.

Guess who I invited into our London studio? Look out for the interview soon!

CNN didn't want to make further comment.

Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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