In a move that sent shockwaves through the ranks of his fans, far-left prime time cable news personality Don Lemon declared that Friday’s episode of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon was to be the program’s last, though it was not long before he announced that although the show is ending, he will remain at the network, as the Daily Caller reports.
Speaking to his left-wing viewership, Lemon began by saying, “I told you I had an announcement, and I do,” adding, “It’s been really, really great. This is the last night that we’ll be CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.”
Acknowledging his gratitude for years spent doing the program, he stated that “changes are coming. And I will fill you in,” proceeding to tout a documentary special about Marvin Gaye the production of which Lemon was involved.
After setting off a flurry of panicked responses from devotees of the liberal network’s nightly offerings, Lemon took to Twitter to reassure fans, saying, “So I got back down to my office after the show – everybody calm down. I didn’t say I was leaving CNN. I just said it was the end of an era for CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.”
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
Lemon further clarified the situation on Saturday with a tweet in which he said, “Didn’t mean to set the internet on fire. What I said last night was true…I’ll be back on Monday with my newly named show, Don Lemon Tonight. See you Monday at 10pE.”
The longtime CNN presence has long been a highly controversial figure due to his highly partisan on-air rhetoric and shaky relationship with facts. Lemon received intense criticism last year over his participation in a panel discussion in which Trump voters were referred to by a guest as “credulous boomer rubes,” a characterization which prompted Lemon to cry tears of laughter and say, “That was a good one, I needed that.”
In March, a former CNN producer expressed concern about Lemon’s political posturing and urged the network to take steps to curb the host’s “offensive” and “dangerous” rhetoric in the wake of a mass shooting in Colorado. Lemon infamously declared at the time that every American was at imminent risk of being killed unless stringent gun control measures were passed, as Fox News reported.
Though it remains to be seen precisely what the re-branding of CNN’s 10 p.m. offering will actually entail, it seems highly unlikely that Lemon has plans to temper the far-left, radical viewpoints his viewers have come to expect.