Diane Sawyer Mocked on Twitter for Slurring Speech During Election Coverage

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The ABC anchor's Jaycee Dugard interview gets 14.8 million viewers for "Primetime," the most-watched summer newsmagazine show in seven years.

TV viewers joked that the ABC News veteran was drunk or on muscle relaxers.

People took notice of Diane Sawyer’s coverage of the presidential election on ABC News, but not necessarily in the way the veteran journalist intended.

While speaking with such colleagues as George Stephanopoulos and Barbara Walters, a number of viewers noticed what they believed to be Sawyer slurring words. Twitter lit up, and Sawyer became a trending term Tuesday night.

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A number of people characterized Sawyer’s speech as resembling that of someone who had been drinking or taken muscle relaxers. 

“Diane Sawyer's name is trending. Many people saying she seems drunk on air. Alternative theory: she gets this way when she's really tired,” tweeted New York Times reporter Brian Stelter.

The Secret Circle executive producer Andrew Miller tweeted: “Diane Sawyer is either drunk or doing her classic Julia Childs as Katherine Hepburn impression.

Find tweets of other reactions to Sawyer’s election night performance below.

Philiana Ng contributed to this report.