Don Lemon might be able to make a return to CNN after the firing of former CEO Chris Licht … as folks in Don’s world would not be surprised if the network reaches out in the near future.
Sources familiar tell TMZ … the potential reversal of fortune wouldn’t be shocking due to the well-documented and long-standing tensions between Chris and Don.
As we reported, Chris took over as CNN’s head honcho in May 2022 and clashed with Don many times about things Don said on-air, as well as an outfit choice Don made for the premiere of “CNN This Morning.”
You’ll recall, Don claimed he was completely blindsided by his April terminationafter 17 years with CNN, coyly saying … “It is clear that there are some larger issues at play.”
Many insiders saw that as a not-so-subtle way of saying Licht was fighting for his own job. Obviously, it’s been less than a day since his ouster, so none of the execs at CNN have reached out to Don or his people just yet.
What’s more, Amy Entelis, CNN’s Executive VP for Talent and Content Development, has been tapped as one of the network’s interim leaders, and she’s someone Don’s been close with for nearly 15 years.
Meanwhile, Don’s doing exactly what he said he would … taking the summer off from work, but we’re told he’s still entertaining all meetings, and is open to hearing out all options.