In his first interview since leaving CNN in April, Don Lemon spoke candidly about being fired from the news organization.
After over ten years as one of CNN’s most prominent hosts, Lemon’s decision to leave the network startled many. Politico said that the 57-year-old was candid in his statement, telling his supporters that his dismissal had shocked him as it had to them.
“I was informed this morning by my agent that I have been terminated. I am stunned,” he started the statement, adding he was “stunned” management didn’t have the “decency to tell me directly.”
— Don Lemon (@donlemon) April 24, 2023
CNN responded to Lemon’s claim by labeling it “inaccurate,” according to Hollywood Life. The writer “was offered a chance to meet with management but chose to release a statement on Twitter,” they continued.
Don Lemon’s statement about this morning’s events is inaccurate. He was offered an opportunity to meet with management but instead released a statement on Twitter.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) April 24, 2023
Nevertheless, Lemon stands by his earlier assertion, and in an interview with ABC 24 Memphis, he elaborated on why he thinks he was fired.
Because the Constitution promises “a perfect union,” not “a perfect one,” I must tell the truth and uphold its promises both as a journalist and an American. I’m not an ideal human being. Nobody is, he claimed. “We must defend what is just if we want to realize the promise of the Constitution. For the truth, we must speak out.
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He also implied that he disagreed with a few of the network’s featured guests.
“I don’t believe in giving platforms to liars, bigots, insurrectionists, and election-deniers and putting them on the same footing as people who are telling the truth, fighting for what is right, and people who are biding their time according to the Constitution,” he said. That got me here and will get me where I want to go.
In the future, Lemon declared that he would allow his dedication to the truth to propel him forward, according to TV Line.
“To know that I am doing the right thing, to know that I am standing up and abiding by the Constitution, which my profession demands that I do because we are listed in the First Amendment of the Constitution — ‘freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and freedom of the press,'” he said.
Only a few weeks after Lemon was fired from CNN, Variety published an article in which more than 12 of his former coworkers stated that Lemon had a history of misogynistic, inappropriate, and “diva-like” behavior while working for the network. While employed at CNN, one senior executive referred to his conduct as “inappropriate,” while another claimed that the anchor often disobeyed superiors’ orders.
Lemon does not regret working at CNN, though.