CNN host Don Lemon drunkenly ranted about his ‘haters’ during the network’s live New Year’s Eve celebration stream.
Lemon, 55, a veteran of CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live, rang in 2022 for the central time zone on Friday, hosting from New Orleans with fellow anchor Alisyn Camerota and comedian Dulce Sloan.
As the clock approached midnight, Lemon, who appeared boisterous and more outspoken than usual, ranted: ‘I don’t give a — what you think about me, what do you think about that.’
He went on to claim that people dislike him because he is a ‘successful black man’.
‘I am who I am. I’m a grown, successful black man who a lot of people hate because they’re not used to people seeing me – and people like me – in the position that I am,’ Lemon continued.
CNN host Don Lemon drunkenly ranted to his ‘haters’ during the network’s live New Year’s Eve celebration stream and claimed that people don’t like him because he is ‘a successful black man’
When the clock struck midnight Lemon popped out of a lemon cake
‘To be able to share what I…my point of view on television, it freaks people out. And you know what? You can kiss my behind. I do not care.
‘I don’t care. I really don’t care. I have one life and this is who I am and I feel very, um…,’ at which point Sloan finished his sentence with the word ‘blessed’.
‘To be able to do this. So all the hate I get? It’s motivation to me. Bring it, I don’t care,’ Lemon, who joined CNN in September of 2006, concluded.
The rant has since been viewed hundreds of thousands of times but it’s not the first time the TV host’s comments have drawn attention.
It was revealed that Lemon (right) allegedly tipped off disgraced Empire star Jussie Smollett (left) about Chicago detectives doubting the actor’s story of being beaten in a homophobic attack
Last month, Lemon threw his old pal Jussie Smollett to the wolves hours after his conviction for faking a hate crime, and avoided claims that he’s offered the actor inside information about the police probe into his claims.
Lemon said on December 9 just hours after Smollett was convicted: ‘He had to make up too many lies as to why he didn’t want to do certain things.
‘To cover. Like another lie – and I guess he got caught up in that because he took the stand himself. He got angry with the prosecutor as the prosecutor poked holes in his story – calling the only other witnesses liars.’
Lemon also blasted Smollett for making it harder for real victims of hate attacks to be taken seriously, and he listened intently while his legal analyst Joey Jackson called for Smollett to face jail
The public called for CNN to dismiss Lemon following the accusations that he helped Smollett ‘obstruct justice’
Asked by Lemon what he thought of the verdict, Jackson said: ‘I think it’s the proper result.’
However, days earlier, CNN came under pressure to fire Lemon after it was revealed he contacted the former Empire star to tell him that the Chicago police didn’t believe his story.
Smollett, who is gay, testified in court on December 6 that the CNN anchor sent him a text message warning the 39-year-old actor that detectives didn’t believe his tale of being been beaten in the middle of the night by two white men wearing MAGA hats during a homophobic attack in 2019.
Lemon, who is also gay, did not respond to a DailyMail.com request for comment.
The network star is no stranger to scandal. Two years prior, Lemon was sued by a Hamptons bartender for sexual assault after claiming the television journalist jammed his finger in his face after rubbing his own genitals. He vehemently denies those allegations.
Dustin Hice, 41, spoke out about the alleged assault in the wake of Chris Cuomo’s termination from CNN after a sexual misconduct allegation was leveled at him last week, in the wake of another scandal involving his ties to his alleged sex pest brother Andrew.
In August 2019 Lemon was sued by Dustin Hice (left with his sister), 41, for sexual assault after claiming the television journalist jammed his finger in his face after rubbing his own genitals
Hice claims that he was out with co-workers at Murf’s Backstreet Tavern (pictured) in Sag Harbor on or around July 15, 2018 when Lemon approached him and sexually assaulted him
Hice filed a suit against Lemon in August 2019 alleging that he assaulted him at Murf’s Backstreet Tavern in Sag Harbor in July 2018. Lemon denied the allegations.
Hice said the network was ‘a predator protecting machine’ that’s ‘rife with perverts’.
As of early December, CNN was standing by Lemon, similar to how the network backed its former anchor Chris Cuomo until revelations from the New York Attorney General’s office forced them to take action.
‘This is who they are. They’re a predator-protecting machine, they slander and smear victims with impunity,’ Hice added.
Hice, who has spoken about the alleged assault several times in the past also revealed that he was offered a $500,000 settlement by Lemon before negotiations broke down and a formal complaint was filed.