Don Lemon was fired from his job at CNN but has been offered an unusual job. As soon as Rick Ross heard that Lemon had been fired, he offered the former reporter a job at one of his WingStop restaurants. Ross was clearly making a joke for the people who follow him on Instagram, but it was hard to tell if he was making fun of Lemon, CNN, or both.
Last month, Lemon wrote on Twitter that he had been fired from CNN without much warning or explanation. This caused a lot of people to wonder what was going on behind the scenes at the network. Ross’s first post on Instagram, which he made soon after, said, “Damn, Don. But guess what? A brother’s got your back. We are hiring at WingStop, and for some reason, I believe you know what you are doing with the lemon pepper wings. So man, just send over your résumé. I’m gonna make sure I get you in front of the right grill, brother. Stay solid, brother.”
Ross kept talking about what was going on with Lemon in his videos. In the next one, he said, “Just came up with a wonderful idea – well, really, Don, you helped me come up with this. I need to hit the team over at Rapstar Energy Drink and let ’em know we should introduce the Don Lemon flavor. What do y’all think? Aye, Don, we got you, brother!”
Ross made his offer a little bit bigger and asked for an answer even faster in another video. He said, “Right now, I got an APB out on Don Lemon… Don Lemon, I know you want to talk to the people – talk to the streets – and let us know what’s really going on. Since everybody is getting fired, I’m considering, at exclusive locations, firing the pepper on the wing and just making it the ‘Don Lemon wing.’ I need a worldwide response for this. Let us know what’s going on, Don. I got a huge platform coming up. Yeah, yeah, yeah, you could come sit down with the boss.”
Ross invested in the fast-casual restaurant chain WingStop in 2017, and he now owns several sites across the U.S. Aside from the fact that Lemon’s name sounds like “lemon-pepper wings,” it’s hard to say how he linked that business to Lemon. People found it funny to think that Lemon might work with Ross in any way.
Lemon said he was being fired from CNN, and a few minutes later, the network said it was true. Lemon said that he was fired without any warning or reason. The network said that was not true, but it did not say why Lemon was fired in public. Lemon was in charge of the evening news for a long time, but last fall, he went to the morning show CNN This Morning, which had a new name. Lemon hasn’t said anything about Ross’s deal or what he might do next.