Don Lemon of “CNN Tonight” announced on Twitter the end of the show after anchoring it for seven years, leaving several viewers thinking that it was the last time Lemon appeared on CNN, only to learn later that the show only changed its name.
“It’s been really, really great. This is the last night that will be CNN Tonight With Don Lemon,” said the veteran journalist Lemon, who started a contract with CNN in 2006 and began hosting “CNN Tonight” in 2014. “So, I appreciate all the years of CNN Tonight With Don Lemon, but changes are coming, and I will fill you in.”
His ambiguous announcement would have left many perceive that it was his last time with the CNN network. Not to leave panic roll on for too long, around half an hour later, he posted a video on Twitter explaining that the show only changed its name and logo.
“Hey everyone. Not what you think. I’m not leaving CNN. Tune in for the handoff on Monday at 10pE and I’ll explain,” Lemon Tweeted.
“I didn’t say I was leaving CNN, I just said it was the end of an era for ‘CNN Tonight with Don Lemon,” Lemon said in his video. “I’m not leaving.”
Hey everyone. Not what you think. I’m not leaving CNN. Tune in for the handoff on Monday at 10pE and I’ll explain. pic.twitter.com/oOwDferY2i
— Don Lemon (@donlemon) May 15, 2021
In recent years, the CNN host has shown some character in reflecting political news, as he indicated in Variety. The CNN anchor had been demonstrating his very own personality and political biases on the show, pursuing what the outlet called “isn’t as bound by traditional news norms.”
“I would like it to be a little bit looser. I would love it to be like HBO. I would love to be able to say those things you never say on basic cable. I would love to be able to have those conversations the way Bill Maher does,” Lemon talked about his desire for hosting the show five years ago with Variety.
Don Lemon has been openly expressing his antagonism towards former President Donald Trump. In many discourses, he does not hesitate to hold back his feelings about him.
Earlier this year, Lemon referred to each Trump voter as a Nazi and a member of the Ku Klux Klan in a CNN segment on SkyNews.
“If you voted for Trump you voted for the person who the Klan supported. You voted for the person who Nazis support. You voted for the person who the alt-right supports. That’s the crowd that you are in,” Lemon said on CNN. “You voted for the person who incited a crowd to go into the Capitol and potentially take the lives of lawmakers. Took the lives of police officers. Took the lives of innocent lives who were there on the Capitol that day.”