Don Lemon has officially announced his departure from CNN Tonight.
On Friday (May 14), the news anchor revealed that last night’s program would be his final one, which came as a shock to many on Twitter.
“It’s been really really great. This is the last night that will be ‘CNN Tonight With Don Lemon,'” Lemon said at the end of Friday’s episode. “So, I appreciate all the years of ‘CNN Tonight With Don Lemon,’ but changes are coming, and I will fill you in.”
Lemon later took to his Twitter account to clarify that he’s not leaving CNN, just his program in its current structure.
“So I got back down to my office after the show — everybody calm down,” he said in a video he posted. “I didn’t say I was leaving CNN. I just said it was the end of an era for ‘CNN Tonight with Don Lemon’.
He added: “I am not leaving CNN, so you will have to tune in Monday at 10 o’clock to see. That’s it. So relax, I’m not leaving.”
Hey everyone. Not what you think. I’m not leaving CNN. Tune in for the handoff on Monday at 10pE and I’ll explain. pic.twitter.com/oOwDferY2i— Don Lemon (@donlemon) May 15, 2021
“Didn’t mean to set the internet on fire. What I said last night was true. CNN Tonight with Don Lemon is no more,” he tweeted next to the new logo for his show. “I’ll be back on Monday with my newly named show Don Lemon Tonight. See you Monday at 10pE.”
Didn’t mean to set the internet on fire. What I said last night was true. CNN Tonight with Don Lemon is no more. I’ll be back on Monday with my newly named show Don Lemon Tonight. See you Monday at 10pE. pic.twitter.com/89GFXULV9m— Don Lemon (@donlemon) May 15, 2021
After Friday’s episode concluded, Lemon segued into a promo for a CNN documentary about Marvin Gaye’s 1971 album, What’s Going On.
Watch Don Lemon announce the departure from his now ex-show below.
Don Lemon announces that tonight is his last night hosting "CNN Tonight" pic.twitter.com/XF1QOaBqwG— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) May 15, 2021
Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for CNN