According to Deadline, CNN’s Don Lemon says that Trump supporters have harassed him so much and that social media has become so toxic, that he may not be able to continue to do his show through the 2020 election.
“I was doing a shoot in the park the other day and someone shouted at me, ‘I’m sick of watching you. We built this country. I can’t wait for CNN to fire your black a–, you f—-t,’” he said at a keynote session at the FT Future of News Summit. “So, all of those sorts of people call you on the phone and say those things, or they write you. I don’t go on social media any more, it’s so toxic.”
The moderator at the event asked a question from the audience about whether Lemon would continue with his program, to which Lemon replied, “I don’t know. I absolutely love what I do. … But I wonder how long I want to do this particular job in the way that I do it. It doesn’t mean I don’t have a commitment to journalism, it just means I may want to do it a different way.”
Lemon also says he no longer gives fans hugs, is careful when taking selfies and even more mindful of his personal safety than he used to be.
“When people would come up to me, I would give them a hug. I don’t do that anymore because you don’t know what someone’s motives are. Somebody could accuse me of making them uncomfortable or being inappropriate with them or touching them inappropriately. When someone asks me for a selfie, I say, ‘Do you mind if I put my arm around you?’ I am very careful about that. And I shouldn’t be. But that’s where we are.”