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Don Lemon's Talk Show Cancelled by Elon Musk After Interviewing Him on First Episode

TV & Film | Entertainment News

If you were looking forward to former CNN anchor Don Lemon’s return to television you may have to wait a little longer.

Lemon’s upcoming talk show “The Don Lemon Show” has been canceled ahead of its March 18 premiere date.

Lemon announced Wednesday, that his upcoming talk show and partnership with the Elon Musk-backed social media app “X” was canned a few hours after taping an interview with Musk.

In a statement posted to his “X” profile, Lemon wrote “Elon Musk has canceled the partnership I had with X, which they announced as part of their public commitment to amplifying more diverse voices on their platform. He informed me of his decision hours after an interview I conducted with him on Friday,"

Lemon continued saying “There were no restrictions on the interview that he willingly agreed to, and my questions were respectful and wide-ranging, covering everything from SpaceX to the presidential election,”

Musk fired back with his own response via X saying.

"His approach was basically just ‘CNN, but on social media’, which doesn’t work, as evidenced by the fact that CNN is dying,"

He continued saying, “And, instead of it being the real Don Lemon, it was really just Jeff Zucker talking through Don, so it lacked authenticity. All this said, Lemon/Zucker are of course welcome to build their viewership on this platform along with everyone else."

X and Lemon originally announced their partnership in January where he was set to deliver three thirty 30-minute episodes a week on various subjects such as entertainment, politics, culture, sports, and more.

Lemon was famously ousted from CNN last year after a 17-years with the network. His ouster came on the heels of comments he made on air about then-Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley not being in “her prime”.

Despite being canned at X Lemon revealed he plans to publish the full interview with Musk Monday on YouTube and X.

In response to the move Musk said, “Lemon/Zucker is, of course, welcome to build their viewership on this platform along with everyone else.”


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