‘End of an Era’: Lemon Abruptly Announces ‘Changes Are Coming’ to ‘CNN Tonight’

In a rather muted announcement Friday night, CNN’s Don Lemon appeared to announce the end of CNN Tonight with him at the helm and promised to share more in the days to come. But the cryptic message left many people scratching their heads and some wondering if he was out at CNN altogether, moving to a new project with the network, and who will host the coming Monday?

“I appreciate all the years of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. But changes are coming. And I will fill you in,” Lemon said as he signed off for seemingly the final time.

Lemon’s mysterious comments began with a video tweet before his show aired. “Tonight, I have an announcement about the show. Yup, end of an era,” he told fans while plotting along on a walking pad under his desk.

Things got more perplexing during the handoff with Prime Time host Chris Cuomo as he dodged some lighthearted probing from his friend, suggesting Cuomo would be involved in the change:

LEMON: But Listen, I have something I’m going to say at the end of the show and I want everybody to tune in. I think it’s really important and I hope everyone’s okay with it. And that’s all I’ll say.

CUOMO: So, tonight you will see something at the end of the show?

LEMON: At the end of the show. And there’ll be more to come, I’ll tell you over the weekend.

CUOMO: And there’s more to come over the weekend?

LEMON: But it involves us two. It involves you, but we’ll see.

CUOMO: And it’s not bad news?

LEMON: I’m not– well – I mean, come on.

And as promised, Lemon ended the show by seemingly announcing he was leaving the hosting duties of CNN Tonight to someone else. “It’s been really, really great. This is the last night that we’ll be CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. So, I appreciate all the years of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. But changes are coming. And I will fill you in,” he said in a sober tone.

He then transitioned to touting how “very proud” he was of the Marvin Gaye special he worked on, which aired right after his show and took up his normal second hour.

Lemon’s puzzling announcement left many people stunned and scrambling for information. So much so, that Lemon had to put out another video tweet to say he wasn’t leaving CNN.

“So, I got back down to my office after the show. Everybody calm down. I didn’t say I was leaving CNN. I just said it was an end of an era for CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. I’m 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,” he declared with a laugh. “I’m not leaving!”

If it turns out that Lemon was leaving CNN Tonight, it would certainly be the end of an era of unhinged rants and race-baiting. You can check out previous NewsBusters reporting on CNN Tonight here, and Don Lemon here. And NewsBusters will be keeping an eye out to see what will happen with the timeslot and with Lemon going forward.

[H/T to Fox News’s Joseph Wulfsohn]

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