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Don Lemon

Defends Ferguson Pot Shot

The Guy Was Smoking a Joint!

12/1/2014 3:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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120114_don_lemon_launchDon Lemon is baffled why his remark about Ferguson "obviously" smelling like marijuana offended anyone -- but he does explain why he said it in the first place.

The CNN anchor chuckled at our photog Sunday night when we mentioned his recent guffaws -- telling a Bill Cosby rape accuser she could have avoided the situation ... and saying the Ferguson protests "obviously" smell like marijuana.

Lemon says someone had just walked past him smoking a joint ... so he just blurted out the comment. Watch ... it's obvious Don still doesn't get why the word "obvious" rubbed people the wrong way. 

Also obvious -- DL loves the attention.

Don Lemon

Plays Victim Card in Apology for

Cosby Oral Sex Question

11/19/2014 12:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Don Lemon ApologyDon Lemon apologized for suggesting an alleged Bill Cosby rape victim should have bitten him during oral sex -- pleading he wouldn't intentionally be insensitive because he's a sexual abuse victim himself.

In case you missed it ... during Tuesday's interview Lemon suggested the woman could have prevented Cosby from allegedly forcing her to perform oral sex. It came off like he was blaming the victim and angered a lot of viewers.

Lemon went on the air Wednesday afternoon and said, "As a victim myself I would never want to suggest that any victim could have prevented a rape. If my question struck anyone as insensitive, I’m sorry as that was not my intention."

Lemon revealed in 2010 that he was molested as a child.

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Don Lemon to Alleged Cosby Victim

You Should Have Been Craftier

In Oral Sex Dept.

11/19/2014 5:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

111914_joan_tarshis_launch_v2CNN's Don Lemon thinks one of Bill Cosby's alleged victims could have thwarted any demand for oral sex by just biting down hard ... yes, it's breathtaking.

Joan Tarshis claims Cosby sexually assaulted her twice in 1969, but she scared him from having intercourse by telling him she had an infection. But she says he then forced her to perform oral sex.

So Lemon looks like the cat who ate the canary as he schools Tarshis on how she could have stopped Cosby in his tracks.  

Tarshis looked puzzled as Lemon said, "You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn't want to do it."

The suggestion she wanted to do it is just appalling, particularly since Tarshis claims she was stoned.

Lemon's been watching too many "Lifetime" movies.

CNN Election Commentators

Microsoft Surface Is Great

For Hiding Our iPads!

11/5/2014 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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CNN just got busted in the biggest political cover-up, and it has nothing to do with Benghazi or the IRS -- instead it's all about ... TABLETS!!!

Last night CNN's Election coverage experts were given Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets to use. It was reportedly part of a product placement deal ... and competing devices -- like the iPad -- were supposed to be no where in sight. 

Not everyone got that memo ... because Jake Tapper and Ana Navarro were caught on camera using the Surface Pros as shields to cover up their iPads ... which they were clearly still using.

With 100% of precincts reporting, we are prepared to call this race ... for the iPad.

A Microsoft spokesperson was "unable" to comment on the apparent CNN gaffe.  

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CNN Sued

Correspondent Allegedly Bit EMTs

In Drunken Rage

8/4/2014 10:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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CNN is being sued by 2 EMTs who claim one of the network's reporters bit them in a drunken rage.

Arwa Damon -- the Beirut-based senior international correspondent for CNN -- was in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad back in July.  According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- she became "seriously intoxicated" and became unruly and violent.

Authorities arrived and according to the suit ... EMTs Tracy Lamar and Charles Simons were trying to help Damon when the correspondent bit both on their left arms.  Simons also claims his knees and elbows were injured.  Lamar says she was also bruised.

The suit claims while the EMTs were providing assistance ... Damon played the famous card, saying she was a "major reporter for CNN."

The suit claims CNN knew Damon had a history of becoming drunk and abusive, and had a penchant for violence, even when sober.

Lamar and Simons are each suing CNN and Damon for $1 million.

We contacted CNN ... so far now word back.

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Anthony Bourdain

My Last Meal Would Be ...

4/25/2014 4:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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042514_anthony_bourdain_launch_v3Anthony Bourdain has probably eaten every single food on the planet, but he actually was able to choose the one thing he would want for his last meal ... and it's really pretty simple. 

Our photog caught up with the "Parts Unknown" host in New York City Thursday ... where he gave us his thoughts on so many amazing topics: whether he hates any foods, drinking absinthe and moonshine, his favorite country to eat in ... and, of course, his death row meal.

If you love talking food ... you'll love this video.

Piers Morgan

Screw CNN

I Want Bigger Interviews

2/28/2014 6:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Piers Morgan says in a weird way he's relieved he got the boot from CNN, because it frees him up to do less fluff and more big interviews.

We got Piers coming out of Madeo Thursday ... and he said he had no regrets about his firing.  His goal is doing less shows and more BIG gets -- like Oprah and Bill Clinton.

Subtext -- he's taking a shot at CNN, saying they fill a lot of their shows with stupid stuff.

Anderson Cooper

Alleged Stalker Claims

We Had a Mutual Crush

8/21/2013 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The former mental patient/self-proclaimed gay, Jewish white supremacist who has been terrorizing Anderson Cooper for years was in court on his criminal stalking case ... his defense -- it was just a mutual crush.

Alex Hausner told the detective who arrested him last month, "I have a crush on Anderson.  He is not in any danger"... this according to legal docs obtained by the New York Post.

Hausner allegedly showed up at Anderson's home and tried to kick the front door down, screaming "I'm going to f**k you up."

The alleged stalker claims that way back in 2007, he passed Anderson on the street and the CNN anchor told him, "You're hot."  Hausner says Anderson's BF Ben Maisani is simply threatened by him.  We're guessing that's not the case.

The judge ordered a psych evaluation.  Hausner's being held on $75k bail.

Anderson Cooper

Crazy, Ominous Stalker Arraigned

7/28/2013 7:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A self-proclaimed gay, Jewish white supremacist was in court last night ... facing charges that he has terrorized Anderson Cooper, threatening to "f**k you up."

40-year-old Alex Hausner has allegedly stalked Cooper for 5 years ... but things escalated last month when he showed up at the CNN star's home, trying to kick down the front door of the converted firehouse and screaming, "I swear to f**king God, don't insult me.  I'm going to f**k you up."

According to the New York Post, Hausner has made numerous threatening phone calls and attempted to get face-to-face encounters with A.C. for years.  The Post says Hausner also targeted Anderson's boyfriend, calling him a "thug" and a "mongrel."

Hausner -- a psychiatric patient -- faces felony menacing charges and misdemeanor harassment charges.  He's being held on $75K bail.

Kathy Griffin

Who Wouldn't Try to Kiss

Anderson Cooper's Penis?

1/3/2013 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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For the first time ever, Kathy Griffin might actually have a good point -- telling TMZ, of course she tried to kiss Anderson Cooper's penis on New Year's ... because who wouldn't??? IT'S ANDERSON COOPER!!!

Kathy was out in NYC yesterday -- with her boyfriend -- when we asked about her infamous penis-smooching escapade while hosting the New Year's Eve countdown on CNN with Anderson Cooper.

Kathy didn't try to minimize it either, telling us, "I've hit on [Anderson] many times."

It must be his laugh.

Kathy Griffin

Blasted for Oral Sex

Antics On CNN

1/2/2013 1:41 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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was obscene and unhinged with Anderson Cooper on CNN's New Year's Eve Live ... so claims an angry Parents Television Council.

The Prez of the PTC tells TMZ ... Griffin "has shown increasing contempt for the audience ..." referring to her multiple attempts to offer Anderson a BJ just after the ball dropped in Times Square.

Tim Winter goes on ... "The onus is now on CNN.  Either the network has a policy that allows its on-air talent to fondle a co-anchor's genitals, or it has a policy that forbids such conduct."

Winter also says he's not buyin' the whole, "The-kids-in-bed" argument, because New Year's Eve is the night kids stay up.

Kathy Griffin

STALKED

Anderson Cooper's Junk

1/1/2013 11:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Anderson Cooper's penis was on the run from Kathy Griffin last night on CNN ... as she repeatedly attempted to simulate oral sex on Anderson live on the air.

If you rang in 2013 watching Anderson and Kathy on CNN ... you couldn't have missed Kathy dropping to her knees multiple times in effort to kiss AC's "Christmas present" ... as she put it.

Kathy, who's been Anderson's NYE co-host for 6 years, did eventually explain her x-rated hijinx -- claiming David Letterman dared her to "see how close I could come to servicing you."

Anderson was a good sport, but seemed genuinely annoyed after her first few trips downtown.

Still, we give him props for the line of the night -- telling Kathy if she'd been successful "it would have been a first for me, and I'm just not ready to go there."

We contacted Anderson's rep to see if he's laughing about it today ... or pissed. So far, no word back.

WWE

Takes CNN to the Mat

11/12/2007 4:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

It's a case of "he said -- but you didn't get to hear it."

Quizzed by CNN about whether he has ever used steroids, pro wrestler John Cena quickly responded, "Absolutely not!" -- then offered nearly three minutes of follow up. But when CNN made its edit to their special, "Death Grip: Inside Pro Wrestling," Cena's response was replaced with: "People conceive things because performance enhancing drugs have got the spotlight. It's a hot thing to talk about. I can't tell you that I haven't, but you'll never be able to prove that I have."

Needless to say, the folks at World Wrestling Entertainment are pissed! They've posted the original, unedited video on their official website, along with the following response:

"In a country in which the news media is highly suspect, and the quality of unbiased reporting has been thrown into the trash can, CNN has stooped to new depths. Notwithstanding the fairness, or lack therein, of CNN's recent piece entitled "Death Grip: Inside Pro Wrestling," perhaps the best example of how CNN misrepresents and unfairly presents their biased, if not illegal, point of view is the comparison of WWE's unedited video above to CNN's edited version. CNN's depiction of John Cena as it relates to steroids is not only professionally and morally wrong, but damaging to his character." Now 'dems fightin' words!

UPDATE: A rep for CNN has issued the following statement: "CNN has reviewed the footage of Mr. Cena and additional video from that interview has been added to the program which aired in replays of the program on Sunday."

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