Don Lemon slammed for 'ridiculous stunt' in saying his CNN show was 'ending' when it was just getting a new name

CNN's Don Lemon was slammed for his "ridiculous stunt" in saying his show was "ending" when it was just getting renamed.

The Louisiana-born anchor, who is one of CNN's biggest stars, took to Twitter to announce that his show wasn't ending but that it was getting a new name.

After teasing CNN fans last week in his closing segment of his show by saying it was the last night of "Tonight with Don Lemon", people were left puzzled.

In the closing segment of his show last week, Lemon said: "It’s been really, really great. This is the last night that will 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.”

But shortly after Lemon, 55, explained on Twitter after his show that he was not leaving the network — and that he'll be back on Monday.

He wrote: "Hey everyone. Not what you think. I'm not leaving CNN. Tune in for the handoff on Monday at 10pE and I'll explain."

In a video he posted on Twitter, he said: "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 the end of an era for ‘CNN Tonight with Don Lemon’.

"I am not leaving CNN,” Lemon added, “so you will have to tune in Monday at 10 o’clock to see. That’s it. So relax, I’m not leaving."

After breaking out in laughter, Lemon repeated, "I’m not leaving."

Then on Saturday Lemon cleared up what was going on and tweeted: "“Didn’t mean to set the internet on fire.

"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 show Don Lemon Tonight. See you Monday at 10pE."

One blogger called the move a "ridiculous media stunt" in a bid to "get people to tune into his show again".

The same blogger also accused Lemon of appearing to copy the popular Fox Show Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Lemon joined CNN in September 2006 and has been an outspoken member of staff for a number of years.

He has often questioned and criticized the network publicly.

Since 2014, he has also co-hosted CNN's New Year's Eve special from New Orleans with Brooke Baldwin.

He has won multiple awards for his journalistic coverage. In 2002, Lemon won the Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of the capture of the D.C. area sniper, and other awards for reports on Hurricane Katrina.

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