In a Surprise to No One Don Lemon Is Fired From CNN
INTERVIEW ON THE PRICE OF BUSINESS SHOW, MEDIA PARTNER OF THIS SITE.
Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed filmmaker Warren D. Robinson (image below).
Price and Robinson discuss the long overdue firing of Don Lemon.
CNN recently parted ways with anchor Don Lemon. No reason was given for Lemon being let go though he released a statement that despite being at the Network for 17 years he had no advance notice and was told he was being let go by his agent; CNN disputes this and said they offered Lemon a chance to meet with management but he declined. “Don Lemon being fired was a surprise to no one, except for maybe Don Lemon.” Says entertainment executive, producer and attorney Warren D. Robinson, “He was recently demoted from his own primetime show, with his name in the title, to a morning show with two co-hosts not to mention his ratings were terrible to boot.” Lemon also recently had a series of on-air gaffs as well as a scathing article in Variety about his backstage antics which included making racially charged comments and allegations of sexism. Robinson believes this also likely played a role in Lemon’s demise, “The timing of the article and his being let go seems too close to be coincidence.” Robinson also believes Lemon has a bleek career future, “He will work again but I doubt he will ever have a platform as big as CNN again.” Robinson concludes.
According to a statement, “Entertainment executive and producer, Warren D. Robinson believes that when organizations are willing to have open and honest conversations about race and their own bias they can commit to meaningful change. We have seen this recently in the form of Hollywood award shows, particularly, the Grammys and the Academy Awards (Oscars). The Recording Academy and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have both taken concrete steps to diversify their ranks and address inherit biases in their voting processes. As a result we have the most diverse crop of award winners/nominees, respectively, we’ve ever seen. Contrast that with the scandal and production shutdown currently at CBS’s The Talk, which resulted because a co-host was unable to properly engage in a conversation about race, address her own bias and commit to doing better. ‘The key part to every conversation’ Warren says, ‘starts with listening. Listening and hearing are different and if you are unable to listen then you are unable to have a conversation.’
“Warren D. Robinson, is an avid and accomplished entertainment executive, motivational speaker, host, life coach and award winning producer who created the wildly popular series, Buried by the Bernards, which is currently streaming on Netflix.
“Warren has served as an entertainment consultant, manager and producer, facilitating, appearing and negotiating high powered deals on behalf of his clients in front of such companies as: Warner Brothers, BET, CNN, Freemantle, Best Buy, TV ONE, Netflix, Lifetime, Fox News, WE TV, E!, NBC Universal, Viacom and more. In addition, Warren’s entertainment prowess includes coordinating, partnering and/or producing events for: legendary actress Pam Grier, Taraji P Henson, Gabrielle Union, Vivica A Fox, Soul singer Eddie Levert (of the O’Jays), Comedian Mike Epps, Angie Stone, Flavor Flav, the Indianapolis Colts, Donna Joyner-Richardson, Stephanie Mills, Erykah Badu and Tom Joyner among others. Warren graduated from Indiana University (B.A.-Political Science) and Howard University School Of Law (J.D.).”
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