CNN’s Don Lemon, who joined the winners’ circle in TheWrap’s 2015 media winners list, is eyeing his eventual post-CNN career, hinting at modeling an opinion-based show after the likes of Bill Maher and Chelsea Handler.
In a video interview with TVNewser, the CNN anchor talks about his desire to host a show that gives him more freedom to express his opinion without the journalism police coming after him.
“At some point I will probably get out of traditional news,” Lemon said, invoking Bill Maher as an example of the type of show he’d like to host.
Lemon cautioned that doesn’t necessarily mean a liberal-bent program, but instead one with a point of view, like a “Jon Stewart or Trevor Noah, but not so focused on the comedic part of it,” he said.
He also pointed to Chelsea Handler as an example format, with a panel and the ability to drop F-bombs so he can give his opinion “without everyone screaming, “You can’t do that as a journalist!”