Don Lemon has served as CNN’s on-scene reporter and anchor in several breaking news events, such as Orlando shooting at Pulse Nightclub (2016) and Charleston church shooting (2015), death of Freddie Gray while in police custody and shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson MO (2014); George Zimmerman trial (2013); Boston Marathon bombing (2013); Philadelphia Building Collapse (2013); Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting (2012) and Colorado Theater Shooting (2012) as well as Inaugural Events for 44th President Barack Obama as well as Whitney Houston death / Death as well as Hurricane Gustav impacting Louisiana (2008)
He’s a raconteur
The news anchor was an engaging storyteller, speaking in a thunderous voice that often used repetition of certain words for emphasis.
Don Lemon Net Worth was beloved among viewers for his sharp exchanges and no-holds-barred commentary on politics and the Trump White House, yet these tactics didn’t fit with CNN’s shift away from primetime programs to daytime programming. Lemon brought his persona over to CNN This Morning; however, tensions began arising between himself and one of his co-anchors Kaitlan Collins.
Last week, Lemon made an off-mic comment about Jon Stewart that some viewers believe wasn’t intended for an audience of viewers. The comment occurred while CBS was showing footage of Stewart interviewing U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks; after it occurred there was some awkward silence before Lemon spoke again.
He’s a provocateur
Lemon’s on-air rants and provocative remarks have often earned him criticism. He has even been accused of engaging in sexually charged behavior such as biting one of the women who accuse Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct while broadcasting live in 2014.
After Jeff Zucker became head of CNN in 2013, Lemon began becoming more of a provocateur on-air, criticizing Black community members while commenting inappropriately about female guests, sometimes to their disadvantage.
Variety reports that Lemon also had issues with co-anchor Kyra Phillips. According to one source, he tore up photos and notes on Phillips’ desk before sending her threatening messages while she was deployed overseas.
Due to his poor ratings on Live From, CNN decided to move him off-air until late 2017, where he joined Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins on “CNN This Morning”, an endeavor which ultimately failed in terms of viewership.
He’s a narcissist
Narcissism is a mental illness in which individuals exhibit excessive self-esteem, feeling an intense need to constantly receive praise or admiration from others, often to the detriment of friends and family members. Such individuals can often behave poorly toward them. This often results in them acting negatively towards those closest to them such as family or friends.
Nihilism may be hard to spot, but there are several warning signs you can look out for when trying to identify one. These include being highly dependent on social media platforms such as Facebook or Instagram; possessing numerous piercings or tattoos; using attention-seeking strategies online; or being highly active online and trying to draw others’ attention with excessive commentaries or likes/shares.
CNN anchor Don Lemon came under fire after telling fellow network staffers that Nikki Haley doesn’t stand a chance of becoming president as she “isn’t in her prime.” Many saw this comment as highly inappropriate; after two-day suspension he returned to air, although many colleagues demanded that he be removed from the show altogether.
He’s a liar
On Monday, CNN terminated Lemon after 17 years at the network following his comments against Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley and subsequent disagreement with one of her female co-hosts on air.
But the most shocking aspect of Lemon’s termination was his claim that Black people “didn’t secure their freedoms” following the Civil War – something which is simply false.
Lemon’s comment came as a response to Vivek Ramaswamy, a right-wing Republican presidential candidate. When Ramaswamy claimed that the National Rifle Association had helped recently freed slaves gain Second Amendment freedoms and even taught them firearms use techniques, Lemon informed Ramaswamy it was all false.
No lawsuit has yet been filed over this situation, but employment attorneys told The Root that CNN may have an anti-discrimination clause in their contract with Lemon that could provide legal defense. Rossein claims this could provide them with legal ground to fight back.