CNN has become poisonous to itself and America. Jeff Zucker was the push behind it. He was also everything to Don Lemon who was broken hearted on the air. Among other things, Don trumpeted how diverse CNN is. He’s a gay black man that has a whole two hours in prime time with his name on it. Lemon sees CNN as reporting facts while the rest of the world sees multiple reasons to turn the channel.
Lemon explaining the upheaval
He started the beginning of his time with, “A lot of folks have been watching wondering what’s happening. It’s been a really tough day today, and a tough few days for us here at CNN. All week really. I didn’t want to talk about it until tonight.”
He cried that we’re “heartbroken because we lost our leader here. We lost the man who was the backbone, the glue, and the spirit of this company. The man who I personally credit with changing my life. A man who believed in me when nobody else did.”
Zucker was everything to Lemon
Zucker gave him everything when nobody else would. “He is the reason that you have a gay black man with two hours of prime time. A show with my name on it. The only anchor of color in prime time on cable news. Think about that. You want to talk about diversity? Here it is.”
But then Lemon went on to say we’re still charging forward, bringing you the news and the facts. Don, nobody watches CNN anymore. Your viewers have turned to different news outlets.
It has been hard to come into work this week not only for me but for so many of us here at CNN. My colleagues, 3,000 of us, more than 3,000 of us. So let me just say this to my colleagues who may not have been here as long as I have, the younger folks who haven’t weathered these storms.
I’ve been at this network for almost 16 years. We have been through ups and downs, ratings high, ratings lows, everything. Regime changes. We’ve been through a lot. And through it all our mission has remained the same. To deliver the facts, to deliver the news. It is what we did when Ted Turner turned the lights on here. It’s what we did through two gulf wars, through 9/11, through Katrina, through an insurrection.Jeff Zucker may not have launched this network but he revived it, he made it relevant again. He steadied it for the last decade. He left us with a very good blueprint going forward.
So, thank you, Jeff Zucker, for everything you did for everyone at this network and for what you did to the entire country, for the entire country.
So, let’s just move on.
Good evening, everyone. I am Don Lemon, and this is CNN.