$24.5 Million Man – Don Lemon Gets Paid in CNN Separation

Don Lemon paid $24.5M to settle firing from CNN: report


(People.com) Don Lemon and CNN have reportedly reached an agreement since his ousting last year.

The former CNN anchor and the news network reached a separation deal that would pay Lemon approximately $24.5 million, reports TheWrapThe total is reportedly the amount of money Lemon, 57, was set to receive if his final contract ended in 3 and a half years.

Representatives for Lemon had no comment when reached by PEOPLE on Monday.

After 17 years with CNN, the longtime anchor announced his firing from the network in an X (formerly known as Twitter) post in April 2023. “I was informed this morning by my agent I have been terminated by CNN. I am stunned,” Lemon wrote.

Shortly after Lemon’s post, CNN’s public relations team released a counter statementaccusing Lemon of misrepresenting what occurred.

“Don Lemon’s statement about this morning’s events is inaccurate,” CNN Communications tweeted. “He was offered an opportunity to meet with management but instead released a statement on Twitter.”

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