There is not any arguing that Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper are amongst CNN’s most distinguished anchors, however there appears to be some pressure between the 2 — at the very least on Lemon’s half.
In Selection’s bombshell exposé on Lemon, the embattled host reportedly expressed aggravation when Cooper was given extra airtime than him. The incident dates again to 2009 when Lemon was assigned to cowl Michael Jackson’s memorial on the Staples Middle whereas Cooper and Soledad O’Brien have been stationed exterior for extra reporting. In response to sources aware of the scenario, Lemon complained about Cooper receiving extra TV publicity than him, which led to intervention by community executives. “That led to a come-to-Jesus second,” a community govt advised the outlet. “Don was advised, ‘Look, you have to deal with your habits. Your efficiency as a reporter is nice. It is your habits that is gotta enhance. It is what is going on to derail you in the event you’re not cautious.'”
However Lemon’s contempt for Cooper is laxer than his alleged therapy of his former co-anchor Kyra Philipps, whose desk he vandalized after she was chosen for an project he wished. In an announcement to The Wrap, nonetheless, Lemon maintained his innocence. “The story, which is riddled with patently false anecdotes and no concrete proof, is totally based mostly on unsourced, unsubstantiated, 15-year-old nameless gossip,” his spokesperson advised the outlet. “It is superb and disappointing that Selection can be so reckless.”