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Don Lemon Reportedly Paid $24.5M To Settle Firing From CNN

Don Lemon attends the 16th Annual CNN Heroes: All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History on December 11, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images, CNN)

OAN’s James Myers
11:44am – Tuesday, February 27, 2024

former CNN Prime-time host Don Lemon will receive $24.5 million as part of his severance agreement with his former employer, multiple sources say.

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The settlement is reportedly the amount Lemon would have been paid if he had been allowed to remain with the news network until the end of his contract. wrap. He was fired by the network three and a half years before his contract ended.

lemon was fired CNN Last April, then-CEO Chris Licht briefly served as co-host of the morning show before he was later fired himself.

Lemon is the only woman over 50 to seek a new job after she said on air that Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley (RS.C.) was past her “prime” and was forced to publicly apologize. He was on the job for only two months.

However, the former CNN The employee said he was blindsided by the termination and claimed to have heard about it from his agent.

Lemon argued that CNN I fired him for posting a long post on his X (Twitter) account. The network later disputed his post.

“This morning I was informed by my agent that I have been fired.” CNN. I’m shocked,” Lemon wrote. “After 17 years, CNN I would have thought someone from management would have the decency to tell me directly. There was never any indication that I wouldn’t be able to continue doing the work I love at the network. It is clear that some larger issues are involved. ”

Social media platform X announced that Lemon will host a new exclusive show on the platform covering culture, sports and politics.

X also said in a blog post that “The Don Lemon Show” will air three half-hour episodes per week.

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