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 hosting from New Orleans with fellow anchor Alisyn Camerota and comedian Dulce Sloan.
As the clock approached midnight, Lemon, who appeared more outspoken than usual, ranted: ‘I don’t give a — what you think about me, what do you think about that.’
Ohh Don Lemon is loose off that goose! #CNNYE #NYE2021 pic.twitter.com/OL4lkU0zjo
— Giselle Phelps (@GisellePhelps) January 1, 2022
He claimed 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.
“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.
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The rant has since been viewed hundreds of thousands of times and has drawn social media attention.
How it began vs how it’s going Don Lemon pic.twitter.com/xK6ULfIxuu
— Maybe: Jacoby (@Getthebagcoach) January 1, 2022
“You know what my resolution is for 2022? No more broke dick.” CNN is wylin 😭😭😭 #CNNNYE pic.twitter.com/tSZtURxhRW
— Josh Sánchez (@joshnsanchez) January 1, 2022
How is Don Lemon doing? Is he drunk yet? I want him to be drunk like this like last year pic.twitter.com/cKkxA7ndl6
— Lauren💜 (@IamLaurenGill) January 1, 2021