In his first interview since being let go by CNN, former anchor Don Lemon insists that he has “no regrets” about his 17-year stint at the cable news channel.
CNN “parted ways” with Lemon on Monday. At the time, Lemon said he’d been told he was being terminated by his agent, not by anyone at the network. Shortly thereafter, CNN issued a terse response challenging its ex-employee’s interpretation of events.
“Don Lemon’s statement about this morning’s events is inaccurate,” CNN Communications tweeted. “He was offered an opportunity to meet with management but instead released a statement on Twitter.”
Two days later, Lemon maintains that his exit came as a “surprise,” but “life goes on… and we’ll see what happens in the future.
“I live my life with no regrets, and whatever I did, I did, and I owned,” he tells Extra. “I don’t look back and don’t want to change things in the past… Onward.”
Lemon’s termination came three weeks after our sister site Variety published an exposé in which more than a dozen of Lemon’s former and current colleagues outlined a pattern of allegedly misogynistic, inappropriate and “diva-like” behavior at the cable news network, and more than two months after he received backlash for a sexist statement he made on CNN This Morning in February.
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, who was also given the boot earlier this week, released a video statement of his own Wednesday, which you can see here.
Watch Extra‘s full interview with Lemon below, then sound off in Comments.
Amazing, how Don Lemonhead downplayed his termination from CNN.
It’s natural to be upset after termination from a job that you clearly loved.
Bosting about “being in a position to not have to worry about work” and “chilling out on your boat” will not erase the disappointment that you may feel.
I wish you well and it’s great to see you exhibiting some feelings of humility, even though you appeared to be calm and composed.
Best of luck on your new endeavors.
God bless you and yours…
Being that he’s not in his 20s, 30s, he’s past his prime. You can Google it. Or was that just about women, Don?
Well said!! Did he think he was invincible?
CNN is simply wrong and have lost a very talented host. Regarding his comments about Nikki Haley….Don you ain’t never lied, love ya man
You don’t seem to get it just like Rick Sanchez who was also given multiple opportunities at the network despite his contant missteps at the network lemon was fired exactly how Sanchez was where Sanchez I believe his last day at cnn went after a Hispanic American saying they were racist and don lemon did the same thing to Vivick ridgeway an Indian American congreman and it’s why his two co-hosts didn’t get involved as they knew don was the captain of the titatic and that they would bring him down with him so they stayed out of the way
My favorite part of his statement to Extra was him mentioning that’s he’s not in a rush to go back to work because he’s lucky enough to be in a position where he doesn’t have to. Classy statement to make in this economy. Good riddance to both him and Tucker.
Ohhhh Adam, this is petty. Green is not your color.
Truthful, not petty. He is in a line of work, where appearances matter.