CNN’s Don Lemon says goodbye to primetime

CNN’s Don Lemon wrapped up his eight-year career as host of “Don Lemon Tonight” with an emotional farewell on his show Friday.

The 56-year-old discussed the difficulty of hosting a rating challenge show at 10pm and broadcast a montage of his greatest hits.

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CNN’s Don Lemon farewell party climax.
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“I know I haven’t always been perfect because no one is perfect,” Lemon said. “There is a tremendous pressure that comes with this job, and in particular, this 10pm time period, when people are sleeping. So sometimes, all I can do – I’ll be honest with you – is just smile and start the business break sometimes” .

Lemon clips shown From it he covers the legalization of same-sex marriage, the January 6 attack, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and other major news events. He has also broadcast interviews with the likes of President Joe Biden, Morgan Freeman, Spike Lee, LeBron James and former President Donald Trump.

The show began with a behind-the-scenes tribute.

“This is the final, Don Lemon Tonight. It’s a bittersweet moment for me, but it wouldn’t be a sad moment. I won’t be sad about that,” he said. “I will miss working with all the great people who really work their butts every day to air this show.” on air. So tonight, this isn’t about me, this is about you guys in the control room and in this studio. This is about you.

Lemon won’t be off the air for long, and will be joining CNN’s new morning show as a participant alongside Bobby Harlow and Kaitlan Collins. No date has been set for the revamped show, but it is expected to premiere later this year.

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Lemon participated in a montage of highlights of his prime-time show, “Don Lemon Tonight”.

Alisin Camerota and legal analyst Laura Coates will take over at 10 p.m. to midnight as new CNN chief Chris Licht continues his mission to stay away from the flyby and debate. Focus on live news reporting In order to boost ratings and restore credibility with a wider audience.

Lemon began working for CNN as a reporter in 2006, before joining CNN Tonight as host in 2014. Last May, the show was renamed Don Lemon Tonight, and was CNN’s least prime-time show. If for some time. in SeptemberLemon averaged 584,000 viewers to finish in third place, far behind rivals Fox and MSNBC.

Fox dominated nine shows offering the top 10 cable news shows. MSNBC’s “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” ranked ninth, attracting 1.7 million viewers, trailing Fox’s “The Five” (3.3 million), “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (3.1 million), and “Jesse Watters Primetime” (2.7 million) and Hannity (2.6 million).

Lemon meets Spike Lee.
Lemon showed a clip of himself interviewing director Spike Lee on his latest show.

Lemon’s move to the soon-to-be-launched new morning show gives the host a less-than-heavy political role.

In the last years, Liberal lemon He became a concern for conservative CNN critics over comments such as calling Donald Trump a ‘The blatant white supremacy’ And the dubbing of white men America’s ‘biggest terrorist threat’ On air.

Sources He recently told The Post that Licht is “cutting his act” as he’s trying Network ratings increase.

Don Lemon signs his last show.
Lemon told viewers that he wasn’t “always perfect” as he ended his primetime show last week.

Last week, yacht Temporarily moved journalist Jake Tapper to 9 p.m. on CNN, which has struggled since Chris Cuomo was fired.

Licht has also expelled left-leaning journalists such as Brian Stelterjohn Harwood And the Jeffrey Tobinand John Berman and Brianna Keeler from CNN’s “New Day” program this morning. They will find new roles at CNN.

The realignment of the network’s lineup also comes after Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav said he’s looking forward to… Create at least $3 billion in cost savings in 2023 across the company. Earlier this year, the parent company CNN+, the network’s live streaming service, shut down a month ago, laying off nearly 300 employees.

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