CNN Evacuated After Bomb Threat – Network Forced To Air Taped Programs

The New York CNN headquarters was evacuated Thursday night after a bomb threat, according to tweets from several of its news people.
It is unclear whether the threat was against the news network or targeted a nearby location.  New York Police are inves…

The New York CNN headquarters was evacuated Thursday night after a bomb threat, according to tweets from several of its news people. It is unclear whether the threat was against the news network or targeted a nearby location.  New York Police are investigating, and CNN is airing taped programming while that continued, but then split to live coverage via Skype on the streets. Shortly before midnight, the all-clear was given and employees were allowed back in. Don Lemon

CNN’s New York Offices Evacuated During Don Lemon’s Show Following Bomb Threat

CNN’s New York City offices were evacuated for nearly two hours, and live programming on the cable news network was temporarily replaced by reruns, after a bomb threat was called in to the building.
According to the official New York Police Dept….

CNN’s New York City offices were evacuated for nearly two hours, and live programming on the cable news network was temporarily replaced by reruns, after a bomb threat was called in to the building.

According to the official New York Police Dept. Twitter account, the bomb threat was called in at 10:07 p.m. Eastern. According to NYPD, a “comprehensive sweep search” of CNN offices was conducted. CNN reported just after 11:55 p.m. EST that police had given the all clear.

CNN host Don Lemon told followers on Twitter that he was evacuated in the middle of his nightly show. A repeat of Thursday’s episode of “Anderson Cooper 360” was aired after the evacuation.

“We were evacuated in the middle of my live show. Bomb threat,” Lemon tweeted. “We’re running taped programming. NYPD is investigating. Stay tuned. #cnn #nypd.”

“The NYPD is investigating a bomb threat near CNN NYC’s office at Columbus Circle,” CNN Senior Media reporter Brian Stelter said on Twitter around 10:45 p.m. Eastern. “Due to the threat, the office has been evacuated. Right now CNN is airing taped programming due to the disruption.”

Approximately 40 minutes after suspending the live broadcast, the network resumed programming with Lemon and Stelter reporting live on the scene. Video broadcast during the report showed barricades being erected in the vicinity of CNN by police.

CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap. New York police also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Don Lemon Drags PETA: ‘They Should Actually Be Concerned About Homophobia and Racism’

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) came in for mockery on CNN Wednesday evening after hosts Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon joked about a new set of terms the organization rolled out this week that they hoped could replace less animal friendly idioms.

On set, Lemon urged PETA to focus on real issues and derided their claims that “anti-animal” language was comparable to racism or homophobia.

“They should actually be concerned about homophobia and racism,” said Lemon.

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“PETA should have several seats. That’s one. Is that one up there? PETA does some great work. I’m sure, but, come on. Pick your battles. Really?” he added. “As someone who knows a bit about both of those, come on. Listen, an animal who gets eaten doesn’t get eaten because of their gender.”

Chris Cuomo — who through laughter insisted he wasn’t mocking the animal rights organization — said the issue reflected his problem with political correctness.

“We put too much weight on what we say and not enough on what we do,” said Cuomo. “This is my thing with political correctness.”

Reps for PETA did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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On Tuesday, the organization came in for broad mockery over the campaign. 

Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it. Here’s how to remove speciesism from your daily conversations. pic.twitter.com/o67EbBA7H4

— PETA: Bringing Home the Bagels Since 1980 (@peta) December 4, 2018

“Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it. Here’s how to remove speciesism from your daily conversations,” PETA said while sharing a chart calling out “anti-animal language.”

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In the chart, PETA identified a number of common idioms which suggested violent language toward animals and instead offered some friendly alternatives.

Instead of “kill two birds with one stone,” the organization suggested “feed two birds with one scone.” Why “bring home the bacon” when you could “bring home the bagels.”

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) came in for mockery on CNN Wednesday evening after hosts Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon joked about a new set of terms the organization rolled out this week that they hoped could replace less animal friendly idioms.

On set, Lemon urged PETA to focus on real issues and derided their claims that “anti-animal” language was comparable to racism or homophobia.

“They should actually be concerned about homophobia and racism,” said Lemon.

“PETA should have several seats. That’s one. Is that one up there? PETA does some great work. I’m sure, but, come on. Pick your battles. Really?” he added. “As someone who knows a bit about both of those, come on. Listen, an animal who gets eaten doesn’t get eaten because of their gender.”

Chris Cuomo — who through laughter insisted he wasn’t mocking the animal rights organization — said the issue reflected his problem with political correctness.

“We put too much weight on what we say and not enough on what we do,” said Cuomo. “This is my thing with political correctness.”

Reps for PETA did not immediately respond to request for comment.

On Tuesday, the organization came in for broad mockery over the campaign. 

“Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it. Here’s how to remove speciesism from your daily conversations,” PETA said while sharing a chart calling out “anti-animal language.”

In the chart, PETA identified a number of common idioms which suggested violent language toward animals and instead offered some friendly alternatives.

Instead of “kill two birds with one stone,” the organization suggested “feed two birds with one scone.” Why “bring home the bacon” when you could “bring home the bagels.”

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Sorry, Kathy Griffin! Anderson Cooper Reteams With Andy Cohen for CNN’s ‘New Year’s Eve Live’

CNN has unveiled its plans for New Year’s Eve, and for the second year in a row, it does not include Kathy Griffin.
Instead, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will co-host “New Year’s Eve Live” again — just like Dec. 31, 2017…

CNN has unveiled its plans for New Year’s Eve, and for the second year in a row, it does not include Kathy Griffin.

Instead, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will co-host “New Year’s Eve Live” again — just like Dec. 31, 2017. Brooke Baldwin and Don Lemon will help the fellas out from the central time zone.

“Getting to ring in the New Year with Andy is a total joy and I can’t wait for the big night!” Cooper said in a Tuesday media release.

“Who would’ve thought 25 years of friendship would lead to an almost-tradition of co-hosting New Year’s Eve on CNN!?” added Cohen, “I’m so excited to spend New Year’s with my friend again and promise not to complain about the bitter cold!”

This is the 11th year for CNN’s live New Year’s Eve countdown show. Cooper used to co-host it with Kathy Griffin — that is, until she lost the job May after holding up a (model) decapitated Donald Trump head in a magazine photoshoot.

Griffin eventually apologized for the mask stunt, but then later retracted that public mea culpa.

CNN did not respond to TheWrap’s inquiry as to whether or not Griffin was asked to participate this time around. It seems unlikely though, as the comedian has said that she and Cooper ended their personal friendship after the newsman didn’t come to her defense following the fallout from the photoshoot.

CNN’s live New Year’s Eve coverage begins at 8/7c and runs until 1:05 a.m. ET

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CNN Van Jones Praises Trump on Prison Reform: ‘You Got to Give Him Some Credit’

CNN contributor Van Jones offered what he called a “salute” to President Trump after the White House’s new push to pass prison reform legislation, with Jones saying that — differences aside — he would give credit where it was due.

“President Trump said, ‘listen, if this is going to make the streets safer, if it’s going to give people a fairer chance, some of these forgotten men and women, some of them are in Appalachia, as well, let’s do something,’” said Jones during an interview with Don Lemon Wednesday evening. “I think you got to give him some credit.”

Jones compared his view-point to Republicans during the Obama administration who obstructed a Democratic president because of politics even when he did things they agreed with.

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“On this one, I’ll give him a salute and applause,” Jones continued. “We’ve got to come together to help the people at the bottom. If you can’t put politics aside to help people who are suffering and struggling in prison when there’s a shot to do something on a bipartisan basis, then I think we’ve taken politics too far.”

Jones a former Obama-era official environmental czar who resigned after sustained Republican attacks against him, later reinvented himself as a CNN contributor with a focus on criminal justice reform.

The issue has long been a low GOP priority, but Trump has expressed openness to cutting a deal with Democrats. Jones has cited his personal friendship with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner as one of the driving forces of the initiative.

Trump has also been lobbied by Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, who are both passionate about the issue. West is famously close to the billionaire president and the pair has pressed criminal justice to him in person on several occasions.

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CNN contributor Van Jones offered what he called a “salute” to President Trump after the White House’s new push to pass prison reform legislation, with Jones saying that — differences aside — he would give credit where it was due.

“President Trump said, ‘listen, if this is going to make the streets safer, if it’s going to give people a fairer chance, some of these forgotten men and women, some of them are in Appalachia, as well, let’s do something,'” said Jones during an interview with Don Lemon Wednesday evening. “I think you got to give him some credit.”

Jones compared his view-point to Republicans during the Obama administration who obstructed a Democratic president because of politics even when he did things they agreed with.

“On this one, I’ll give him a salute and applause,” Jones continued. “We’ve got to come together to help the people at the bottom. If you can’t put politics aside to help people who are suffering and struggling in prison when there’s a shot to do something on a bipartisan basis, then I think we’ve taken politics too far.”

Jones a former Obama-era official environmental czar who resigned after sustained Republican attacks against him, later reinvented himself as a CNN contributor with a focus on criminal justice reform.

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Arkansas Man Arrested, Accused of Multiple Death Threats Against CNN

An Arkansas man was arrested Thursday after police accused him sending death threats to CNN anchor Don Lemon. According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s office, Benjamin Craig Matthews made 40 calls to CNN from a period between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2

“The content of these calls ranged from general harassment, threat of bodily injury, and calls threatening the life of a CNN journalist. More than 40 such calls had been received by CNN from the same person,” read a press release from the sheriff’s office, adding that Matthews had been booked on felony charges of “Terroristic Threatening and Harassing Communications.”

USA Today and local media reports said the anchor in question was Don Lemon. In one such call, Matthews asked to be transferred to Lemon’s “dead body hanging from a tree,” the paper reported.

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Reps for Lemon at CNN and the Baxter County sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

It’s not the first time CNN has faced death threats from around the country. In January, a 19-year-old Michigan man, Brandon Griesemer, made 22 phone calls to CNN threatening to kill CNN journalists over “fake news.” Something Lemon at the time blamed on President Trump’s anti-press rhetoric.

“There’s nothing random about this. Nothing,” said Lemon on his show. “This is what happens when the President of the United States, Donald Trump, repeatedly attacks members of the press simply for reporting facts he does not like.”

In recent weeks Lemon, a vociferous Trump critic, has warned of radicalized “white men” in the United States, saying they were the biggest threat America currently faced.

“We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them,” he said during an appearance on “Cuomo Primetime” last month. “There is no travel ban on them … they had the Muslim ban. There is no ‘white guy ban.’ So what do we do about that?”

Trump routinely denigrates CNN as fake news, and has called their reporters “enemies of the people.” Critics have warned that the tough talk could lead to violence against reporters, much like the kind threatened by Matthews and Griesemer.

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An Arkansas man was arrested Thursday after police accused him sending death threats to CNN anchor Don Lemon. According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s office, Benjamin Craig Matthews made 40 calls to CNN from a period between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2

“The content of these calls ranged from general harassment, threat of bodily injury, and calls threatening the life of a CNN journalist. More than 40 such calls had been received by CNN from the same person,” read a press release from the sheriff’s office, adding that Matthews had been booked on felony charges of “Terroristic Threatening and Harassing Communications.”

USA Today and local media reports said the anchor in question was Don Lemon. In one such call, Matthews asked to be transferred to Lemon’s “dead body hanging from a tree,” the paper reported.

Reps for Lemon at CNN and the Baxter County sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

It’s not the first time CNN has faced death threats from around the country. In January, a 19-year-old Michigan man, Brandon Griesemer, made 22 phone calls to CNN threatening to kill CNN journalists over “fake news.” Something Lemon at the time blamed on President Trump’s anti-press rhetoric.

“There’s nothing random about this. Nothing,” said Lemon on his show. “This is what happens when the President of the United States, Donald Trump, repeatedly attacks members of the press simply for reporting facts he does not like.”

In recent weeks Lemon, a vociferous Trump critic, has warned of radicalized “white men” in the United States, saying they were the biggest threat America currently faced.

“We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them,” he said during an appearance on “Cuomo Primetime” last month. “There is no travel ban on them … they had the Muslim ban. There is no ‘white guy ban.’ So what do we do about that?”

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How to Stream CNN’s Midterm Election Night Results Coverage Live

Here we are on another huge election day in the United States, and you’ve got no shortage of options for where to watch the results come in. And if CNN is your preference for catching all the drama coming out of Tuesday’s midterm elections, the good news is that they’re making it very easy for you.

Starting at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT, CNN will kick off its midterm election night special, which will be led by Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper. At that same time, CNN will make its live streams on CNN.com and the CNNgo app free to everyone, no TV subscription required. The free CNN session will run until 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT on Wednesday morning.

So if you’ve got an internet-connected device, you’ll be able to keep up with everything pretty easily. The CNNgo app is available for mobile devices of all sorts, as well as TV-connect streaming boxes like Roku, Apple TV and Amazon’s Fire TV.

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Blitzer, Tapper and Cooper will be joined by the usual array of CNN correspondents and guests throughout the evening. And, as always, John King will be manning CNN’s Magic Wall that will help you keep everything in context.

Once the main show goes off the air late in the evening, anchors Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon will take over hosting duties, with Phil Mattingly taking over the Magic Wall.

If you find yourself in the mood for other styles of TV news coverage of the midterms tonight, you can also stream pretty much any of the other networks that are devoting wall-to-wall coverage to the midterms. Click here for info on NBC News and MSNBC’s plans for the evening. Click here for info on what Fox News is doing. Click here to find out about PBS NewsHour’s plans and how to watch.

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Starting at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT, CNN will kick off its midterm election night special, which will be led by Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper. At that same time, CNN will make its live streams on CNN.com and the CNNgo app free to everyone, no TV subscription required. The free CNN session will run until 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT on Wednesday morning.

So if you’ve got an internet-connected device, you’ll be able to keep up with everything pretty easily. The CNNgo app is available for mobile devices of all sorts, as well as TV-connect streaming boxes like Roku, Apple TV and Amazon’s Fire TV.

Blitzer, Tapper and Cooper will be joined by the usual array of CNN correspondents and guests throughout the evening. And, as always, John King will be manning CNN’s Magic Wall that will help you keep everything in context.

Once the main show goes off the air late in the evening, anchors Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon will take over hosting duties, with Phil Mattingly taking over the Magic Wall.

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Don Lemon Doubles Down on ‘White Men’ Criticism: ‘Let’s Put Emotion Aside’

Don Lemon refused to back down from remarks earlier this week in which he accused “white men” of being the biggest terrorist threat America faces.

In a Ben Shapiro-esque monologue on his CNN program Wednesday evening, Lemon dropped what he called “the cold hard facts” and urged those upset to look at the evidence without “emotion.”

“Tonight I want to talk about some uncomfortable truth, the truth about who really carries out domestic terror attacks in this country,” said Lemon. “Let’s put emotion aside and look at the cold hard facts. The evidence is overwhelming.”

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“A recent report from the Government Accountability Office shows that even though more people died in attacks connected to Islamic extremists, the vast majority of deadly attacks in this country from 2001 to 2016 were carried out by far-right violent extremists,” he continued.

Lemon then ran a graphic which showed that deaths in America caused by “jihadists” significantly outnumbered “far right-wing extremists.”

On Tuesday, during an appearance on “Cuomo Primetime” Lemon ignited a firestorm accusing “white men” of being responsible for terrorism mere moments after warning against the impulse to “demonize” individual groups.

“We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them,” he said. “There is no travel ban on them … they had the Muslim ban. There is no ‘white guy ban.’ So what do we do about that?”

It’s far from the first time Lemon has delved into divisive racial rhetoric. On Oct. 9, a panel on his CNN program ripped into Kanye West for his support of Donald Trump.

“He’s an attention whore, like the president. He’s all of a sudden now the model spokesperson. He’s the token negro of the Trump administration,” said CNN contributor Tara Setmeyer as Lemon laughed along.

“Kanye West is what happens when negroes don’t read,” former Congressman Bakari Sellers added. “And we have this now and now Donald Trump is going to use it and pervert and he’s going to have someone who can stand with him and take pictures.”

CNN repeatedly ignored multiple requests for comment about the issue at the time.

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Don Lemon refused to back down from remarks earlier this week in which he accused “white men” of being the biggest terrorist threat America faces.

In a Ben Shapiro-esque monologue on his CNN program Wednesday evening, Lemon dropped what he called “the cold hard facts” and urged those upset to look at the evidence without “emotion.”

“Tonight I want to talk about some uncomfortable truth, the truth about who really carries out domestic terror attacks in this country,” said Lemon. “Let’s put emotion aside and look at the cold hard facts. The evidence is overwhelming.”

“A recent report from the Government Accountability Office shows that even though more people died in attacks connected to Islamic extremists, the vast majority of deadly attacks in this country from 2001 to 2016 were carried out by far-right violent extremists,” he continued.

Lemon then ran a graphic which showed that deaths in America caused by “jihadists” significantly outnumbered “far right-wing extremists.”

On Tuesday, during an appearance on “Cuomo Primetime” Lemon ignited a firestorm accusing “white men” of being responsible for terrorism mere moments after warning against the impulse to “demonize” individual groups.

“We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them,” he said. “There is no travel ban on them … they had the Muslim ban. There is no ‘white guy ban.’ So what do we do about that?”

It’s far from the first time Lemon has delved into divisive racial rhetoric. On Oct. 9, a panel on his CNN program ripped into Kanye West for his support of Donald Trump.

“He’s an attention whore, like the president. He’s all of a sudden now the model spokesperson. He’s the token negro of the Trump administration,” said CNN contributor Tara Setmeyer as Lemon laughed along.

“Kanye West is what happens when negroes don’t read,” former Congressman Bakari Sellers added. “And we have this now and now Donald Trump is going to use it and pervert and he’s going to have someone who can stand with him and take pictures.”

CNN repeatedly ignored multiple requests for comment about the issue at the time.

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Don Lemon: ‘Biggest Terror Threat in This Country Is White Men’ (Video)

CNN anchor Don Lemon said it was important to stop demonizing individual groups over terrorism concerns, before immediately saying the real threat was from “white men.”

“We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them,” said Lemon during an appearance on “Cuomo Primetime” Tuesday evening. “There is no travel ban on them … they had the Muslim ban. There is no ‘white guy ban.’ So what do we do about that?”

“I keep trying to point out to people not to demonize any one group or any one ethnicity, but we keep thinking that the biggest terror threat is something else,” he reiterated, urging people to ignore the news of the migrant caravan slowly moving through Mexico toward the United States.

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Lemon did not cite any specifics or data and went unchallenged by Cuomo. A rep for CNN did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

It’s the second time this month that Lemon has delved into divisive racial rhetoric. On Oct. 9, a panel on his CNN program ripped into Kanye West for his support of Donald Trump.

“He’s an attention whore, like the president. He’s all of a sudden now the model spokesperson. He’s the token negro of the Trump administration,” said CNN contributor Tara Setmeyer as Lemon laughed along.

“Kanye West is what happens when negroes don’t read,” former Congressman Bakari Sellers added. “And we have this now and now Donald Trump is going to use it and pervert and he’s going to have someone who can stand with him and take pictures.”

Lemon — to the extent that he did comment on the remarks on-air — limited himself to noting how uncomfortable the only white panelist, CNN contributor Scott Jennings, seemed to appear.

CNN also did not respond to multiple requests for comment at the time about the “token negro” incident and the moment did not make it into Brian Stelter’s CNN media newsletter.

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CNN anchor Don Lemon said it was important to stop demonizing individual groups over terrorism concerns, before immediately saying the real threat was from “white men.”

“We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them,” said Lemon during an appearance on “Cuomo Primetime” Tuesday evening. “There is no travel ban on them … they had the Muslim ban. There is no ‘white guy ban.’ So what do we do about that?”

“I keep trying to point out to people not to demonize any one group or any one ethnicity, but we keep thinking that the biggest terror threat is something else,” he reiterated, urging people to ignore the news of the migrant caravan slowly moving through Mexico toward the United States.

Lemon did not cite any specifics or data and went unchallenged by Cuomo. A rep for CNN did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

It’s the second time this month that Lemon has delved into divisive racial rhetoric. On Oct. 9, a panel on his CNN program ripped into Kanye West for his support of Donald Trump.

“He’s an attention whore, like the president. He’s all of a sudden now the model spokesperson. He’s the token negro of the Trump administration,” said CNN contributor Tara Setmeyer as Lemon laughed along.

“Kanye West is what happens when negroes don’t read,” former Congressman Bakari Sellers added. “And we have this now and now Donald Trump is going to use it and pervert and he’s going to have someone who can stand with him and take pictures.”

Lemon — to the extent that he did comment on the remarks on-air — limited himself to noting how uncomfortable the only white panelist, CNN contributor Scott Jennings, seemed to appear.

CNN also did not respond to multiple requests for comment at the time about the “token negro” incident and the moment did not make it into Brian Stelter’s CNN media newsletter.

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Don Lemon expressed some sympathy for Megyn Kelly on Thursday, saying that the current scandal surrounding her show and career future was at least partly the fault of NBC.

“She made some mistakes and now she’s suffering the consequences. But I also think that it is partially the fault of the people who hired her,” Lemon said during an appearance on “Cuomo Primetime.” “Because Megyn’s record, how she feels about things — she says she’s not PC — it’s all there. All you have to do is do a Google search.”

“She’s very outspoken in her views and how she feels about things. They knew exactly what they were getting when they hired Megyn Kelly,” Lemon continued. “I think the management has to take some responsibility in it, she has to take some responsibly in it, and her representatives have to take some responsibility.”

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Lemon said he did not think Kelly’s remarks that blackface could be ok on Halloween were “racist,” but it showed that she was “unaware” of the history surrounding the issue. Kelly apologized for her comments on her show Wednesday.

Kelly’s hour of the “Today” show finished the week with reruns as executives at NBC weighed her future at the company. On Friday, “Today” reported that Kelly was currently in talks with management about the terms of an exit. Earlier this week she retained top talent litigator Bryan Freedman to help negotiate on her behalf.

A final decision has not yet been reached, however, with reps for NBC declining to comment on the story Friday.

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Don Lemon expressed some sympathy for Megyn Kelly on Thursday, saying that the current scandal surrounding her show and career future was at least partly the fault of NBC.

“She made some mistakes and now she’s suffering the consequences. But I also think that it is partially the fault of the people who hired her,” Lemon said during an appearance on “Cuomo Primetime.” “Because Megyn’s record, how she feels about things — she says she’s not PC — it’s all there. All you have to do is do a Google search.”

“She’s very outspoken in her views and how she feels about things. They knew exactly what they were getting when they hired Megyn Kelly,” Lemon continued. “I think the management has to take some responsibility in it, she has to take some responsibly in it, and her representatives have to take some responsibility.”

Lemon said he did not think Kelly’s remarks that blackface could be ok on Halloween were “racist,” but it showed that she was “unaware” of the history surrounding the issue. Kelly apologized for her comments on her show Wednesday.

Kelly’s hour of the “Today” show finished the week with reruns as executives at NBC weighed her future at the company. On Friday, “Today” reported that Kelly was currently in talks with management about the terms of an exit. Earlier this week she retained top talent litigator Bryan Freedman to help negotiate on her behalf.

A final decision has not yet been reached, however, with reps for NBC declining to comment on the story Friday.

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Don Lemon Slammed After Calling Kanye West ‘Minstrel Show’ and Invoking Dead Mother

CNN host Don Lemon took heat on Thursday and Friday after doubling down on his show’s criticism of rapper Kanye West. On Thursday evening, Lemon said West’s Oval Office meeting with President Trump reminded him of a “minstrel show” and brought up West’s dead mother to make his point.

“What I saw was a Minstrel show today,” Lemon said making an unusual appearance on “The Situation Room.” “This was an embarrassment, Kanye’s mother is rolling over in her grave.”

West’s mother, Donda West, died in 2007 after botched cosmetic surgery.

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“The president of the United States [is] exploiting him and I don’t mean this in a disparaging way, exploiting someone who needs help, who needs to back away from the cameras, who needs to get off stage, who needs to deal with his issues,” Lemon continued. “Kanye needs help.”

“What I saw was a Minstrel show today.”@DonLemon reacts to Kanye West’s bizarre Oval Office meeting with President Donald Trump.

“Kanye needs help … this was an embarrassment, Kanye’s mother is rolling over in her grave.” https://t.co/gfTeos3alH pic.twitter.com/MmpvNJ9eIi

— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) October 11, 2018

The invocation of West’s mother was too much for many, who subsequently ripped Lemon for his commentary.

“As someone whose mom died early, this really pisses me off. Saying Kanye’s late mom is ‘rolling over in her grave,’ is about as low as you can possibly go when trying to hurt someone. I don’t understand what CNN is doing,” said Fox News media reporter Brian Flood in a tweet.

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Others, including Geraldo Rivera and James Woods, also voiced their displeasure with Lemon’s comments.

As someone whose mom died early, this really pisses me off. Saying Kanye’s late mom is “rolling over in her grave,” is about as low as you can possibly go when trying to hurt someone. I don’t understand what CNN is doing. https://t.co/T2lNLI07jK

— Brian Flood (@briansflood) October 12, 2018

Media praising @taylorswift13 for engaging on the side of Democrats in upcoming Mid-Term elections. But same activism by #KanyeWest is damned as a ‘Minstrel Show’ that would cause Kanye’s late mother ‘to spin in her grave.’ Why the dual standard? Kanye supports @realDonaldTrump

— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) October 12, 2018

Tonight @DonLemon dragged @CNN to a new low, bringing Kanye West’s dead mother into this by saying that she’s “rolling in her grave” over him supporting the President. You can smell the fear permeating through the left over Kanye visiting the White House. pic.twitter.com/RSfzEMoQK8

— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) October 12, 2018

This is getting truly ugly. The only way to find this acceptable will be if #DonLemon is certified as a mentally ill person. Otherwise it’s just good old disgusting racism. https://t.co/E6OokxkaVv

— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) October 12, 2018

Another terrible embarrassment for @CNN. Is the network going to hold its employees accountable? https://t.co/2hjAWQLXV3

— Boris Epshteyn (@BorisEP) October 12, 2018

Speaking of “hateful movements”, your network called Kanye West an illiterate token n-word on air, and then suggested his dead mother “would be rolling in her grave” bc he‘s friends with the president https://t.co/AiWysxpVKv pic.twitter.com/0gPaGgcYUz

— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) October 12, 2018

Lemon raised ire earlier this week after a panel on his show made fun of West when Bakari Sellers accused West of being a “negro” who didn’t read and CNN contributor Tara Setmayer said he was a “token negro.”

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“He’s an attention whore, like the president. He’s all of a sudden now the model spokesperson. He’s the token negro of the Trump administration,” she said.

“This is ridiculous and no one should be taking Kanye West seriously. He clearly has issues. He’s already been hospitalized,” Setmayer continued. “Not to trivialize mental health issues, [but] obviously Kanye has taken a turn in a very strange way.”

CNN did not respond to multiple requests for comment from TheWrap.

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CNN host Don Lemon took heat on Thursday and Friday after doubling down on his show’s criticism of rapper Kanye West. On Thursday evening, Lemon said West’s Oval Office meeting with President Trump reminded him of a “minstrel show” and brought up West’s dead mother to make his point.

“What I saw was a Minstrel show today,” Lemon said making an unusual appearance on “The Situation Room.” “This was an embarrassment, Kanye’s mother is rolling over in her grave.”

West’s mother, Donda West, died in 2007 after botched cosmetic surgery.

“The president of the United States [is] exploiting him and I don’t mean this in a disparaging way, exploiting someone who needs help, who needs to back away from the cameras, who needs to get off stage, who needs to deal with his issues,” Lemon continued. “Kanye needs help.”

The invocation of West’s mother was too much for many, who subsequently ripped Lemon for his commentary.

“As someone whose mom died early, this really pisses me off. Saying Kanye’s late mom is ‘rolling over in her grave,’ is about as low as you can possibly go when trying to hurt someone. I don’t understand what CNN is doing,” said Fox News media reporter Brian Flood in a tweet.

Others, including Geraldo Rivera and James Woods, also voiced their displeasure with Lemon’s comments.

Lemon raised ire earlier this week after a panel on his show made fun of West when Bakari Sellers accused West of being a “negro” who didn’t read and CNN contributor Tara Setmayer said he was a “token negro.”

“He’s an attention whore, like the president. He’s all of a sudden now the model spokesperson. He’s the token negro of the Trump administration,” she said.

“This is ridiculous and no one should be taking Kanye West seriously. He clearly has issues. He’s already been hospitalized,” Setmayer continued. “Not to trivialize mental health issues, [but] obviously Kanye has taken a turn in a very strange way.”

CNN did not respond to multiple requests for comment from TheWrap.

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A CNN panel hosted by anchor Don Lemon took turns lacing into Kanye West on Tuesday evening, joking that his embrace of President Donald Trump has caused him to be tokenized. Several referred to him using the term “negro.”

“He’s an attention whore, like the president. He’s all of a sudden now the model spokesperson. He’s the token negro of the Trump administration,” said CNN contributor Tara Setmeyer.

“This is ridiculous and no one should be taking Kanye West seriously. He clearly has issues. He’s already been hospitalized,” she continued.  “Not to trivialize mental health issues, [but] obviously Kanye has taken a turn in a very strange way.”

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Another guest, former Congressman Bakari Sellers, also hit Kanye using much of the same language.

“Kanye West is what happens when negro’s don’t read,” said Sellers. “And we have this now and now Donald Trump is going to use it and pervert and he’s going to have someone who can stand with him and take pictures.”

Throughout the bit, Lemon laughed along and joked about the expression of another panelist, CNN contributor Scott Jennings, who appeared visibly uncomfortable.

“I’m just looking at Scott’s face,” said Lemon barely getting the words out. “Scott’s like, ‘Wow, OK.’”

Reps for West and CNN did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

It’s not the first time a CNN segment has floated mental illness as an explanation for Kanye’s behavior. During a “New Day’ episode last week, co-host Alisyn Camerota bluntly suggested Kanye might not be all there.

“I just am wondering if it’s time to start worrying about Kanye because he does go on, sometimes, nonsensical rants,” she said. “He has taken a break for some stress related issues, so I’m concerned.”

Kanye West has faced intense and withering criticism from fans and allies since making a public embrace of Trump in person and online. West was known to have been close to the billionaire before his election and that friendship has endured despite Trump’s basement approval ratings among black Americans.

West has become increasingly outspoken about his Trump love. After a performance on “Saturday Night Live” last month, the rapper sounded off and received a wave of boos from audience members after the cameras stopped rolling.

“You know it’s like the plan — the Democratic plan — to take the fathers out the home and promote welfare. Does anybody know about that? That’s the Democratic plan,” West said amid jeers on the sound stage of the NBC show. “So many times I talk to a white person about this and they say ‘how can you like Trump? He’s racist. If I was concerned about racism, I would have moved out of America a long time ago.”

For his part, Trump has returned the favor by rewarding Kanye with favorable tweets and granting him a private lunch at the White House later this week where the two are expected to discuss prison reform.

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“He’s an attention whore, like the president. He’s all of a sudden now the model spokesperson. He’s the token negro of the Trump administration,” said CNN contributor Tara Setmeyer.

“This is ridiculous and no one should be taking Kanye West seriously. He clearly has issues. He’s already been hospitalized,” she continued.  “Not to trivialize mental health issues, [but] obviously Kanye has taken a turn in a very strange way.”

Another guest, former Congressman Bakari Sellers, also hit Kanye using much of the same language.

“Kanye West is what happens when negro’s don’t read,” said Sellers. “And we have this now and now Donald Trump is going to use it and pervert and he’s going to have someone who can stand with him and take pictures.”

Throughout the bit, Lemon laughed along and joked about the expression of another panelist, CNN contributor Scott Jennings, who appeared visibly uncomfortable.

“I’m just looking at Scott’s face,” said Lemon barely getting the words out. “Scott’s like, ‘Wow, OK.'”

Reps for West and CNN did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

It’s not the first time a CNN segment has floated mental illness as an explanation for Kanye’s behavior. During a “New Day’ episode last week, co-host Alisyn Camerota bluntly suggested Kanye might not be all there.

“I just am wondering if it’s time to start worrying about Kanye because he does go on, sometimes, nonsensical rants,” she said. “He has taken a break for some stress related issues, so I’m concerned.”

Kanye West has faced intense and withering criticism from fans and allies since making a public embrace of Trump in person and online. West was known to have been close to the billionaire before his election and that friendship has endured despite Trump’s basement approval ratings among black Americans.

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“You know it’s like the plan — the Democratic plan — to take the fathers out the home and promote welfare. Does anybody know about that? That’s the Democratic plan,” West said amid jeers on the sound stage of the NBC show. “So many times I talk to a white person about this and they say ‘how can you like Trump? He’s racist. If I was concerned about racism, I would have moved out of America a long time ago.”

For his part, Trump has returned the favor by rewarding Kanye with favorable tweets and granting him a private lunch at the White House later this week where the two are expected to discuss prison reform.

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Why Does CNN Have Such a Hard Time Finding (and Keeping) Pro-Trump Commentators?

Why does CNN have such a hard time holding on to its right-wing contributors? This weekend, former Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller became the sixth conservative CNN contributor to lose his perch at the network since the 2016 election.

In just under two years, Corey Lewandowski, Scottie Nell Hughes, Jeffrey Lord, Ed Martin and Paris Dennard have also departed the network for reasons ranging from errant tweets to accusations of sexual misconduct.

While liberal stalwarts like Reza Azlan and Kathy Griffin have also been shown the door, Trump defenders have long been an endangered species at CNN.

Some suggest that the network has an antipathy for conservative voices. “People who support Trump, [CNN] treats them like second-class citizens,” said one insider who has appeared frequently on the channel but asked not to be identified. “There is an extraordinary target on anyone who is pro-Trump back at CNN.”

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“Sadly, CNN seems to have two standards: one for Trump supporters and an anything-goes standard for liberals or anti-Trumpers,” said Jeffrey Lord, a GOP strategist who was dumped by the network in August 2017 after tweeting the Nazi salute “Sieg heil” in an online spat.

CNN never announced any disciplinary action against liberal commentator Phil Mudd after he dropped the N-word on air in January during a live appearance with Don Lemon; he continues to appear frequently on the network. And Ryan Lizza, who was fired from the New Yorker last December after a sexual misconduct accusation, returned to CNN after a roughly six-week suspension by the network.

“One can sit on CNN and use all kinds of racial slurs, not to mention call the President of the United States Hitler or compare him to Stalin and more, and that’s OK,” Lord said. “It is incredibly sad to watch and I think very self-damaging to a network filled with serious professionals and good people for whom I have the greatest respect.”

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Others suggest that the strongest and most reliably TV-ready right-wing commentators have been snapped up by Fox News, leaving its rival to lesser pundits who may not be as ready for the glare of the spotlight.

“If you’re talking about D-listers, it’s not people who are super-polished,” said another frequent CNN guest. “It’s people who were attracted to guerilla warfare. They won’t be the most accepted at the garden parties at the Louvre.”

For some, the network will face trouble no matter what given the extremes to which conservatives sometimes go to defend President Trump.

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“The problem is with the position itself,” said Angelo Carusone, head of the left-wing watchdog group Media Matters for America, and the one on the receiving end of Lord’s tweeted Nazi salute.

“Trump says and does bigoted and contemptible things. So, when the job description is to always not merely defend but also often cheer Trump’s bigoted and contemptible conduct, it attracts a certain kind of applicant.”

CNN declined to comment for this story but an insider said the network was puzzled by the mass exodus of Trump commentators in the last two years.

“No one really knows,” the individual said. “It would be clearer if they were leaving all for the same reason, but that’s not the case.”

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Still, the network’s challenge in retaining right-leaning voices is real. In a statement on Saturday, Miller said he decided to voluntarily “step away” from CNN following an accusation by a former lover that he secretly gave another ex abortion pills contained in a smoothie (he has denied the accusation).

Miller’s ouster comes cuts one month after CNN suspended Paris Dennard, a former official in the George W. Bush administration who faced a sexual misconduct accusation stemming from his time as an events director at Arizona State University.

Just days before, Dennard had earned praise from conservatives — and a tweeted shout-out from President Trump — for a bruising on-air dog fight with Mudd over whether retired government officials like ex-CIA chief John Brennan could score extra cash by leveraging their security clearances.

A CNN spokesperson declined to elaborate on the status of its investigation into Dennard.

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Why does CNN have such a hard time holding on to its right-wing contributors? This weekend, former Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller became the sixth conservative CNN contributor to lose his perch at the network since the 2016 election.

In just under two years, Corey Lewandowski, Scottie Nell Hughes, Jeffrey Lord, Ed Martin and Paris Dennard have also departed the network for reasons ranging from errant tweets to accusations of sexual misconduct.

While liberal stalwarts like Reza Azlan and Kathy Griffin have also been shown the door, Trump defenders have long been an endangered species at CNN.

Some suggest that the network has an antipathy for conservative voices. “People who support Trump, [CNN] treats them like second-class citizens,” said one insider who has appeared frequently on the channel but asked not to be identified. “There is an extraordinary target on anyone who is pro-Trump back at CNN.”

“Sadly, CNN seems to have two standards: one for Trump supporters and an anything-goes standard for liberals or anti-Trumpers,” said Jeffrey Lord, a GOP strategist who was dumped by the network in August 2017 after tweeting the Nazi salute “Sieg heil” in an online spat.

CNN never announced any disciplinary action against liberal commentator Phil Mudd after he dropped the N-word on air in January during a live appearance with Don Lemon; he continues to appear frequently on the network. And Ryan Lizza, who was fired from the New Yorker last December after a sexual misconduct accusation, returned to CNN after a roughly six-week suspension by the network.

“One can sit on CNN and use all kinds of racial slurs, not to mention call the President of the United States Hitler or compare him to Stalin and more, and that’s OK,” Lord said. “It is incredibly sad to watch and I think very self-damaging to a network filled with serious professionals and good people for whom I have the greatest respect.”

Others suggest that the strongest and most reliably TV-ready right-wing commentators have been snapped up by Fox News, leaving its rival to lesser pundits who may not be as ready for the glare of the spotlight.

“If you’re talking about D-listers, it’s not people who are super-polished,” said another frequent CNN guest. “It’s people who were attracted to guerilla warfare. They won’t be the most accepted at the garden parties at the Louvre.”

For some, the network will face trouble no matter what given the extremes to which conservatives sometimes go to defend President Trump.

“The problem is with the position itself,” said Angelo Carusone, head of the left-wing watchdog group Media Matters for America, and the one on the receiving end of Lord’s tweeted Nazi salute.

“Trump says and does bigoted and contemptible things. So, when the job description is to always not merely defend but also often cheer Trump’s bigoted and contemptible conduct, it attracts a certain kind of applicant.”

CNN declined to comment for this story but an insider said the network was puzzled by the mass exodus of Trump commentators in the last two years.

“No one really knows,” the individual said. “It would be clearer if they were leaving all for the same reason, but that’s not the case.”

Still, the network’s challenge in retaining right-leaning voices is real. In a statement on Saturday, Miller said he decided to voluntarily “step away” from CNN following an accusation by a former lover that he secretly gave another ex abortion pills contained in a smoothie (he has denied the accusation).

Miller’s ouster comes cuts one month after CNN suspended Paris Dennard, a former official in the George W. Bush administration who faced a sexual misconduct accusation stemming from his time as an events director at Arizona State University.

Just days before, Dennard had earned praise from conservatives — and a tweeted shout-out from President Trump — for a bruising on-air dog fight with Mudd over whether retired government officials like ex-CIA chief John Brennan could score extra cash by leveraging their security clearances.

A CNN spokesperson declined to elaborate on the status of its investigation into Dennard.

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CNN’s Don Lemon Defends Antifa Despite Violence: ‘No Organization Is Perfect’ (Video)

CNN host Don Lemon used part of his two-hour program earlier this week to defend Antifa despite growing criticism toward the organization over violent protests it precipitated in Charlottesville and Washington D.C. earlier this month.

“It says it right in the name: Antifa, anti-fascism, which was what they were there fighting,” said Lemon while explaining his position.

“Listen, no organization is perfect. There was some violence. No one condones violence” he added. “But there were different reasons for Antifa and for these neo-Nazis to be there. One, racists, fascists, the other group, fighting racist fascists. There is a distinction there.”

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The remarks were similar to an Antifa defense given by Lemon’s primetime colleague Chris Cuomo a few weeks ago.

“It’s not about being right in the eyes of the law, but you also have to know what’s right and wrong in a moral and a good and evil sense,” said Cuomo. “That’s why people who show up to fight against bigots are not to be judged the same as the bigots, even if they do resort to the same kinds of petty violence. The law will take care of that.”

The defense from CNN — which bills itself as the non-partisan alternative to MSNBC and Fox News — did not delve at much length into any of the actual cases of violence that have been documented.

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Reporters on the ground in Washington and Charlottesville reported that Antifa protesters hurled eggs at them and in one case, harassed an entire MSNBC news crew.

When Vox editor Jennifer Williams wrote a piece that documented the violence, she said that she received a torrent of public abuse on Twitter and that the emails were even worse.

“The number of emails I’ve gotten in response to this piece from Antifa supporters telling me that journalists and cops are legitimate targets because we’re tools of fascism is really astounding,”

The number of emails I’ve gotten in response to this piece from antifa supporters telling me that journalists and cops are legitimate targets because we’re tools of fascism is really astounding. https://t.co/f4DhdQqqPK

— Jenny from the Vox (@jenn_ruth) August 14, 2018

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CNN host Don Lemon used part of his two-hour program earlier this week to defend Antifa despite growing criticism toward the organization over violent protests it precipitated in Charlottesville and Washington D.C. earlier this month.

“It says it right in the name: Antifa, anti-fascism, which was what they were there fighting,” said Lemon while explaining his position.

“Listen, no organization is perfect. There was some violence. No one condones violence” he added. “But there were different reasons for Antifa and for these neo-Nazis to be there. One, racists, fascists, the other group, fighting racist fascists. There is a distinction there.”

The remarks were similar to an Antifa defense given by Lemon’s primetime colleague Chris Cuomo a few weeks ago.

“It’s not about being right in the eyes of the law, but you also have to know what’s right and wrong in a moral and a good and evil sense,” said Cuomo. “That’s why people who show up to fight against bigots are not to be judged the same as the bigots, even if they do resort to the same kinds of petty violence. The law will take care of that.”

The defense from CNN — which bills itself as the non-partisan alternative to MSNBC and Fox News — did not delve at much length into any of the actual cases of violence that have been documented.

Reporters on the ground in Washington and Charlottesville reported that Antifa protesters hurled eggs at them and in one case, harassed an entire MSNBC news crew.

When Vox editor Jennifer Williams wrote a piece that documented the violence, she said that she received a torrent of public abuse on Twitter and that the emails were even worse.

“The number of emails I’ve gotten in response to this piece from Antifa supporters telling me that journalists and cops are legitimate targets because we’re tools of fascism is really astounding,”

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Why LeBron James, the New York Yankees and Kourtney Kardashian Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

The week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters

A Kardashian sister, an MLB team and a sports superstar had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.

The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement AI company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers Aug. 1-7 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

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LeBron James made some big emotional waves during his recent interview with Don Lemon on CNN, which generated over 64,202 Emotional Reactions (ERs). James announced the opening of his new nonprofit “I Promise” school for at-risk youth and also delved into a bit of political discussion — setting off none other than President Trump, who took to Twitter to declare Lemon dumb and to take a dig at James. This sparked an avalanche of emotion from viewers, with many not shy about taking sides.

Lebron is awesome in every way. To not only live up to the hype, but far surpass it, is amazing. And he’s a great philanthropist.

— I only tweet nice things (@JonOsborneBooks) August 4, 2018

Lebron for President? what a joke, the guy is as dumb as a pet rock…….but i guess he still has Don Lemon Head beat….lol

— Rob Bishop (@theshiverman) August 4, 2018

LeBron would be ten times better as President than Donald. Name a person living under a bigger rock than Trump. I’ll wait. https://t.co/WAaOqurWyR

— Andrew Curtis (@AndrewCurtis24) August 4, 2018

LeBron is an obnoxious, arrogant Hillary-worshipping jerk but I don’t think he’s dumb. Don Lemon, however, is an absolute imbecile. #CNN

— EagleGraphs (@EagleGraphs) August 4, 2018

The MLB game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees on Aug. 5 generated 29,162 ERs, and even though the Red Sox emerged victorious in a series sweep, it was the Yankees who drove more emotional conversation that evening. Fans vented about their disappointment in the team this season, with some going as far as to say that the Yankees deserved to get swept.

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ONE OF THE WORST YANKEES GAMES I’VE SEEN IN MANY YEARS..???????????? THEY CANNOT GET RID OF THAT DARK CLOUD..???????? GOODNIGHT

— GerriS (@Gerris925) August 6, 2018

Say what you want about Girardi, but his teams never made the mental and lazy mistakes that this Yankees team does

— Paul Agostini (@PAgostini69) August 6, 2018

Hate to say this, but Yankees deserve to get swept. They’ve looked horrible this series. Can’t put a complete game together. Inexcusable.

— Amy Murray (@VTDukefan) August 6, 2018

I love how the Yankees carefully constructed maybe the best bullpen of all time that can’t beat their arch rivals. #NYYvsBOS

— yankee_hater (@yankee_hater79) August 6, 2018

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The Season 15 premiere of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” on E! generated 25,680 ERs, with Kourtney being the most-mentioned. Drama swirled around all the sisters, with a Christmas card photoshoot sparking a power struggle between Kourtney and Kim that ultimately resulted in Kourtney skipping Kim’s baby shower. The two played out the fight in real time on Twitter as the episode was airing, prompting even more emotion from fans.

I totally get both sides. Was Kim being very rude? Definitely, but Kourtney was definitely being annoying. #KUWTK

— Katherine (@Perezgirl_98) August 6, 2018

Kourtney is so damn dramatic crying her eyes out bc Kim was a bitch but she’s a bitch to everyone everyday smh????????‍

— Gabby Cruz (@xogabbbby) August 6, 2018

Kim took it too far and too low with her comments to Kourtney. And it’s gross how Kris tells Kourt to be nice but can’t say the same when Kim goes ballistic. #KUWTK

— ashley (@waddlesyo) August 6, 2018

OMG. Watching KUWTK then getting on Twitter to see even more drama between Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney is the best thing ever! ???? #KUWTK

— Katie Lee (@katiewatkinslee) August 6, 2018

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The week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters

A Kardashian sister, an MLB team and a sports superstar had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.

The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement AI company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers Aug. 1-7 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

LeBron James made some big emotional waves during his recent interview with Don Lemon on CNN, which generated over 64,202 Emotional Reactions (ERs). James announced the opening of his new nonprofit “I Promise” school for at-risk youth and also delved into a bit of political discussion — setting off none other than President Trump, who took to Twitter to declare Lemon dumb and to take a dig at James. This sparked an avalanche of emotion from viewers, with many not shy about taking sides.




The MLB game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees on Aug. 5 generated 29,162 ERs, and even though the Red Sox emerged victorious in a series sweep, it was the Yankees who drove more emotional conversation that evening. Fans vented about their disappointment in the team this season, with some going as far as to say that the Yankees deserved to get swept.




The Season 15 premiere of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” on E! generated 25,680 ERs, with Kourtney being the most-mentioned. Drama swirled around all the sisters, with a Christmas card photoshoot sparking a power struggle between Kourtney and Kim that ultimately resulted in Kourtney skipping Kim’s baby shower. The two played out the fight in real time on Twitter as the episode was airing, prompting even more emotion from fans.




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