During an interview on the New York Times “Sway” podcast host Kara Swisher asked Lemon if he was “worried about hearing loss.”
“No. I’m not worried about it,” Lemon replied. “The reason I don’t worry about this is because it beats the alternative. The alternative that it is there and we need to understand how we deal with lies, bigotry and hate , and the toxicity that the Trump administration was. Which to me has nothing to do with my ideology or politics because people have accused me of being conservative. Politics. “
“Trump was a horrible person. And he was terrible for the country. And it’s better for everyone – for the world that he is no longer the President of the United States,” Lemon continued. “So if that means the cable briefings are going down? Aww. So I’m not really worried about that. I’d rather my ratings go down and Trump not in office than my ratings were very high and be there. That’s the honest truth. “
Lemon also admitted that his “CNN Tonight” program served as “therapy for Trump’s enemies.”
“The difference between me and I think other people is that I tell the truth. But I do it out of emotion and I can – you know – a little more lively,” the presenter told Swisher.
CNN has hemorrhaged viewers since Trump left office, losing about half of his audience in key measurables since January following a brief post-election spike.
CNN averaged 2.5 million prime-time viewers from November 4, the day after the presidential election, until the day of the inauguration. But viewers fled the liberal network once President Biden took office, and CNN averaged just 1.6 million prime-time viewers from Jan.21 to March 15.
CNN’s prime-time audience from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET has fallen 36% since Biden took office after a spike after Election Day. CNN’s prime-time audience decline was even more pronounced among major adult demographics aged 25 to 54, dropping 47% over the same period.
Brian Flood of Fox News contributed to this report.