Don Lemon announces new show on X, 8 months after CNN firing: All the details
Don Lemon is hoping for a comeback with a new show.
Less than one year after being fired from his CNN anchor job, the journalist announced Tuesday that he launched a new media company and it will be debuting a show via X, formerly known as Twitter.
The program, The Don Lemon Show, will allow him to come back “bigger, bolder [and] freer,” Lemon wrote. “It will be available to everyone, easily, whenever and wherever you want it, streaming on the platforms where the conversations are happening. And you’ll find it first on X, the biggest space for free speech in the world. I know now more than ever that we need a place for honest debate and discussion without the hall monitors.”
X confirmed the news in its own statement, saying the show — covering politics, culture, sports and entertainment — will stream three 30-minute episodes a week.
We’re delighted to announce a new content partnership with @DonLemon for his new project, The Don Lemon Show. The award winning TV journalist will share his unique and honest voice in 30 minute episodes, three times a week, covering politics, culture, sports and entertainment.…
Variety reported that The Don Lemon Show will debut in the next few weeks. Oren Rosenbaum, head of audio and a partner at talent agency UTA, which represents Lemon, told the outlet, “Leveraging technology like AI and many decades’ worth of experience, Don will break news and provoke thoughtful conversation through his direct and unfiltered take on today’s most important stories.”
On April 24 of last year, Lemon was fired by CNN after 17 years of employment, the latter of which he co-anchored CNN This Morning. It was a messy exit, which left him “stunned,” he said when he announced the departure on social media. Lemon claimed network brass contacted his agent to relay that he had been fired just hours after appearing on-air for his morning show.
CNN issued its own statement, saying Lemon was given the chance to talk directly to management but instead opted to announce his exit on social media.
Lemon’s departure was preceded by a Variety exposé, published on April 5, detailing multiple alleged misogynistic incidents during his time at the network. Among the claims was that he threatened his Live From co-host, Kyra Phillips, when she got an assignment he wanted in 2008. He also was accused of making a derogatory comment about then-colleague Soledad O’Brien when she was tapped to host the network’s Black in America docuseries, another gig he wanted. He also reportedly mocked Nancy Grace on the air.
Lemon slammed the story, calling it “unsourced, unsubstantiated, 15-year-old anonymous gossip.”
Lemon has long said he wanted to feel less restricted while covering the news, telling Variety in 2016 (while still hostinghis CNN primetime show, “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.”
One month after Lemon was fired by CNN, Musk floated the idea of him doing a show on X. At the time, Tucker Carlson — who was fired by Fox News the same day Lemon was axed from CNN — announced he was doing a free program on X, Tucker on X.
Along with Lemon’s new gig, X is launching new shows featuring former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and former ESPN star Jim Rome.
Experts predicted Lemon would pivot away from network news