Lemon And Carlson Hire Same Lawyer After Their Departures
Former news hosts Tucker Carlson and Don Lemon have hired the same lawyer to handle their departures from their respective outlets after being fired.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Carlson was fired after allegedly using vulgar language to describe a network executive of Fox News. He supposedly described one of the network’s executives as a “c—,” according to messages obtained by lawyers.
Lemon was fired from CNN over accusations of misogyny and misbehavior. His departure comes after he said Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley, 51, was not “in her prime.”
Neither host has announced a lawsuit or dispute against their former employers, but the lawyer they’ve hired, Bryan Freedman, has a history of helping news hosts secure millions of dollars from their old networks.
Former CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter said he’d been informed that Carlson and Lemon would hire Freedman.
Freedman has handled cases for some of Hollywood’s most prominent figures, including Vin Diesel, Quentin Tarantino, and Mariah Carey.
In 2019, Freedman helped news host Megyn Kelly secure approximately $30 million from NBC News when she departed the network. Kelly was fired midway through her three-year contract of $69 million, but NBC agreed to pay her the remainder of her original salary.
According to Variety, in 2021, Freedman represented longtime “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison, who received nearly $10 million to leave ABC News after being criticized over remarks about the show.
In December 2021, former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who was fired, hired Freedman in his ongoing $125 million wrongful-termination lawsuit against the outlet.
Like Cuomo, Lemon is not necessarily happy over being fired from CNN. In a tweet, he said he’d been “terminated by CNN” and that he was “stunned” by the move.
“After 17 years at CNN I would have thought that someone in management would have had the decency to tell me directly,” he said.
“It is clear that there are some larger issues at play,” Lemon added.
CNN disputed Lemon’s statement, saying he “was offered an opportunity to meet with management but instead released a statement on Twitter.”
Regarding Carlson, The Wall Street Journal reported that he was aware of his departure only 10 minutes before the network announced it. At the time, Carlson told his staff, “I have no idea what’s going on.”