Don Lemon Makes His Debut on New CNN Show Don Lemon Tonight : 'We're Going to Tell the Truth'
After 15 years on CNN, Don Lemon has turned things upside down.
On Monday evening, the longtime presenter, 55, returned to his anchor seat on the network - this time with his newly named series Don Lemon Tonight.
Chris Cuomo, Lemon’s CNN anchor colleague, introduced his co-workers and said to his friend, “I'm delighted for you with the change.
Lemon then stated that "with the show's name change" comes a renewed commitment to do what we do, "what he called" truth to power ".
"We may have a new name, but we have the same mission ... [an] even stronger mission," said Lemon. "To have that kind of conversation, America needs to move forward as a country."
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"Like it or not, we're going to tell the truth on this show," he said.
The new show, which "will gracefully hold people accountable for their actions," covers "two hours live of the day's greatest stories," according to CNN.
Lemon, who joined CNN in 2006, hosted CNN Tonight from 2014 until the debut of his new show. On Friday, he announced that it was his final episode of the long-running show.
"It was really, really great. This is the last night that will be CNN Tonight With Don Lemon," Lemon said. "So, I appreciate all of CNN Tonight's years with Don Lemon, but changes are coming and I'll fill them in."
Although some viewers initially understood his announcement to mean he was leaving the network, Lemon later made it clear on Instagram that he would stay with CNN and simply move on to another company.
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"So I came back to my office after the show - everyone is calming down," he said at the beginning of his Instagram video. "I didn't say I was leaving CNN, I just said it was the end of an era for CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. I'm not leaving CNN so you'll have to tune in at 10am on Monday to watch." "
Repeating the same sentiment in his caption, the journalist wrote, "Whoa. It's not what you think. I'm not leaving CNN. Tune in at 10pm on Monday and I'll explain. Don't worry."
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The next morning, Lemon gave further explanations to his fans, stating that he "would be back on Monday with my newly named Don Lemon Tonight show".
"I didn't mean to set the internet on fire," he wrote. "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 Don Lemon Tonight show. See you Monday."
On Monday, when Cuomo passed the baton to Lemon, Lemon stated that his previous announcement "was meant to be a little joke".
At the head of his newly named show, he said, "Without further ado, this is Don Lemon Tonight. It has a ring, doesn't it?"
Don Lemon Tonight airs weekdays (10 p.m. ET) on CNN.
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