Don Lemon To Receive $24.5 Million Deal From CNN

Fired CNN primetime host Don Lemon has reportedly agreed to a deal with CNN that will pay him roughly $24.5 million as compensation for his abrupt firing.

Almost a year after Lemon was fired, he is being paid out for the remaining three years that were left on his contract.

CNN never confirmed the exact reasons behind Lemon’s firing, though it was pretty clear that he had angered his bosses one too many times with his behavior on the show — including his comment about 51-year-old former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) not being “in her prime.”

Others cited his interview with then-Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy as the likely reason behind his firing, as Lemon refused to let Ramaswamy finish a sentence before interrupting with unhinged rants.

Nonetheless, Lemon’s firing did not come out of nowhere — as his primetime show had already been canceled and he had been moved to a morning talk show, which he co-hosted with Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins. Lemon was reportedly a difficult person to work with on the set of the morning show, where he was allegedly caught “screaming” at Collins on at least one occasion.

Lemon ultimately ended up being fired near the end of Apr. 2023, claiming in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he had not been informed of the network’s decision personally.

“I was informed this morning by my agent that I have been terminated by CNN. I am stunned. After 17 years at CNN I would have thought that someone in management would have had the decency to tell me directly,” Lemon said.

“At no time was I ever given any indication that I would not be able to continue to do the work I have loved at the network. It is clear that there are some larger issues at play,” he added.

“I want to thank my colleagues and the many teams I have worked with for an incredible run. They are the most talented journalists in the business, and I wish them all the best,” he continued.

However, CNN later issued a statement claiming that Lemon had been given notice and the opportunity to meet with management about the decision, but he had refused.

After being fired from the network, Lemon hired high-powered attorney Brian Freedman to represent him in his efforts to receive a settlement with CNN. According to reporting from The Wrap, the efforts succeeded — with CNN agreeing to pay Lemon approximately $24.5 million, which was the amount he would have received had he been allowed to stay at CNN through the end of his contract 3.5 years from the time of his firing.

Meanwhile, Lemon reportedly plans to launch his own independent show on X, following in the footsteps of another fired mainstream media anchor, Tucker Carlson — who was let go from Fox News on the same day that CNN fired Lemon.

His new show was announced in early January in a post from the official X Business account, which read: “We’re delighted to announce a new content partnership with Don Lemon for his new project, The Don Lemon Show.”


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  • jj
    February 28, 2024
    jan jan

    imagine what he could have tried for if he had actually been good.

  • T
    February 29, 2024

    CNN continues to WASTE George Soros’ money. Get them faster to bankruptcy. Nice

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