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Don Lemon called 'racist' and mocked for drunken NYE rant during CNN’s live celebration

The anchor was hosting the party with fellow anchor Alisyn Camerota and comedian Dulce Sloan on December 31 when he went all over the place
Screenshots showing Don Lemon in a drunken state (Twitter)
Screenshots showing Don Lemon in a drunken state (Twitter)

People on the internet had a field day after CNN’s Don Lemon ranted about his “haters” in an intoxicated state during the network’s live New Year's Eve celebration stream. The 55-year-old anchor was hosting the party with fellow anchor Alisyn Camerota and comedian Dulce Sloan on Friday, December 31, from New Orleans, when he went all over the place.

As the clock struck midnight, Lemon started, “I don't give a — what you think about me, what do you think about that. 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. To be able to share what point of view on television, it freaks people out. And you know what? You can kiss my behind. I do not care.”


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The veteran journalist continued as reported by DailyMail, “I don't care. I really don't care. I have one life and this is who I am and I feel very, um…” before Sloan completed his sentence by saying: “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 added.

Don Lemon attends The 15th Annual CNN Heroes: All-Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on December 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)

His video has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people on the internet with many people mocking him. A user tweeted, “What a drunken embarrassing mess.” The second one wrote, “She is looking at him like please don’t say anything more.” The third user noted: “Looks like New Years Eve is a bunch of people trying to stay relevant, from Miley Cyrus to Don.” A tweet mentioned, “Not sure why CNN would feel the need to show their employees inebriated ? Looked pretty tacky to me.” Another tweet read: “Chris Cuomo would NEVER talk like this! Don is not a professional! You might care if YOU get fired!!”





Don Lemon attends the 46th Chaplin Award Gala Honoring Spike Lee on September 09, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

A person referring to the sexual assault allegations against Lemon made by a Hampton's bartender Dustin Hice said: “did he s assault any bartenders?” Hice had sued the Louisiana-born in 2019 after alleging that he stuffed his finger in his face after rubbing his own genitals at Murf's Backstreet Tavern in Sag Harbor in July 2018. But Lemon refuted the accusations. Another person slammed Lemon on Twitter by saying, “Don Lemon is trending. Did he grab a guys penis?” “All the straight men should be stay out of arms length of this pervert,” a user added.





A critic wrote, “True Racists obsess over race. Don Lemon is the very definition. He’s also one of the dumbest people to ever be on TV.” Another critic said, “Don Lemon is a racist scumbag.” A comment read, “He admits, it isn’t news, it’s him ‘sharing his opinion’..  Pathetic, gross, sexual predator.”

In this screengrab Don Lemon speaks during the CITIZEN by CNN 2020 Conference on September 22, 2020 in UNSPECIFIED, United States. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for CNN)




Sharing a video, a user wrote, “Put Don Lemon back on the TV. I wanna see him rock out like this.” Another user shared a meme and said, “When #DonLemon started talking about negroes on #CNNNYE, Andy and Anderson looking like:” “Don Lemon is the shit because you can tell he’s the type of friend who gets drunk enough to make sure everybody has a good time but is juuuusssttt sober enough to make sure nobody goes to jail,” a tweet added.




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