Don Lemon Loves To Hate ‘Empire’

By Brian Flood 

CNN’s Don Lemon loves to hate the Fox drama “Empire.” The reasons why might surprise you, as it appears he’s actually the show’s biggest fan. Speaking on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” last week, the CNN anchor explained why he hates so many things about the hit show.

I’m a hater; for today at least.

I’m not one normally.


You guys know that.

And I’m hating on the TV show “Empire.”

I hate that show.

Wanna know why?

I hate it because it keeps me up to watch it on my DVR or On Demand when I have to wake up early for The TJMS.

I hate that Terrence Howard gets to play Cookie’s husband instead of me.

Yes, I’m hating on Terrence too.

I hate that I’m not in it.

I hate that Raven Symone gets a guest role on the show and I don’t.

I hate that it wasn’t on TV a long time ago.

I hate that it took so long for a show with a mostly Black cast, which remind me of the characters on “Dynasty” in the 1980’s, took until 2015 to gain wide acceptance from the American public.

I hate that it took so long for a show like this one to come around which unapologetically shows positive images of Black gay men and Black gay women to the masses.

I hate that the show gets criticized for having the nerve to show gay men and women kissing and that test audiences reacted negatively to those scenes before the show even aired.

Lemon went on to discuss the show at length, and the full audio can be heard on Black American Web. In the meantime, somebody call Fox executives and get Lemon a cameo!