CNN's Lemon says he was called gay slur while filming show in park

CNN's Lemon says he was called gay slur while filming show in park
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CNN host Don LemonDon Carlton LemonCNN, NY Times to host next Democratic debate in October CNN climate town hall finishes last in viewers among cable news broadcasts CNN correspondent: We could do a climate town hall every day and it wouldn't be enough MORE revealed this week that he was harassed by someone yelling a gay slur at him while he was filming outside in a park recently.

Lemon, speaking at an industry conference on Thursday, opened up about the harassment he has faced in recent years, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"I was doing a shoot in the park the other day and someone said, 'We built this country. I can't wait for CNN to fire your black ass, you faggot,'" Lemon told the crowd.


The anchor recently became engaged to his boyfriend Tim Malone, a real estate agent in New York.

Lemon, who is a vocal Trump critic, also opened up about harassment he says he faces from both President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE and his supporters.

"People call the authorities and accuse me of doing certain things," Lemon said, adding that he regularly receives calls from a Trump supporter who dislikes him.

An Arkansas man was arrested last year for making repeated calls to CNN and asking to be directed to Lemon's "dead body hanging from a tree."

The president often takes to Twitter to blast Lemon. Most recently, Trump echoed a past attack in calling him “the dumbest man on television” in a tweet last month.

Lemon told the crowd that he’s decided “not to punch down” by responding to Trump’s Twitter insults, the outlet noted.

"A cable news anchor saying, 'I don't punch down at the president.' That's where we are,” Lemon added.

Lemon said he loves his job as a TV anchor but wondered how long he will be able to continue to work this particular job given the toxic political media environment.

"It ain't easy, but I don't plan to give up,” he said.

CNN has been the subject of frequent attacks from Trump, who often refers to the network as “fake news."

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