Don Lemon, a former CNN news anchor who recently announced his abrupt exit from the network, is reportedly considering exposing his experience working with the network in a tell-all book. According to Radar Online, an unnamed source revealed that Lemon is still upset with how the network he has devoted years to handled his departure, and he plans to reveal where the bodies are buried by shining a damaging spotlight on executives and anchors whose behavior is worse than his.
Lemon has been a devoted journalist for CNN since 2006 and has hosted “Don Lemon Tonight” for eight years. After his prime-time show was canceled, he co-hosted “CNN This Morning” with Kaitlan Collins and Poppy Harlow. However, the report contends that Lemon’s time at the network was nearing an end for at least one year before his departure. His prime-time show was canceled last fall, and he allegedly was not happy to be co-hosting a failing morning show with Collins and Harlow.
The source told the outlet that Lemon feels like he has been a good soldier at CNN and that he’s a scapegoat for the failure of the morning show he was forced to co-host with Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins. He’s looking for payback and is reportedly planning to expose CNN executives who threw him under the bus.
It was also alleged that an insider claimed Lemon may have breached his contract by announcing his departure before a joint statement was released, which could affect his contract payout. Lemon signed a $25 million contract with CNN in September, but the network publicly disputed claims that he had been terminated without warning, saying that he was offered an opportunity to meet with management, but instead released a statement on Twitter.
The New York Times reported that Lemon’s remarks about 51-year-old Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley not being “in her prime” and an on-air exchange with another Republican presidential candidate, Vivek Ramaswamy, that turned into a heated debate about Black history, helped seal his fate at the network.