Not only is Don Lemon thankful to be back on the air at CNN, he wants to remain there for the foreseeable future, and worked hand-in-hand with the network on his return apology … TMZ has learned.
Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ, Don was in contact with CNN honchos throughout his entire time off, with a common goal, get back to work and apologize for his wrongdoing.
In fact, we’re told it was agreed upon by both Don and the network that he would tweet out an apology before getting back on-air Wednesday. Our sources say Don never refused to apologize on-air … everyone, including the network, thought it would be best they get back to reporting the news and move on from Don’s mishap.
Additional sources say there was never an impression, internally, Don would be fired — despite many outside CNN calling for that. We’re told both he and the network are looking forward to continuing a long-term working relationship. We’re told Don really enjoys working on ‘This Morning’ and is fully committed.
Our network sources say Don feels awful he said something dumb and made the mistake, but he’s now acknowledged it and apologized publicly and internally.
As we reported, Don was dragged for his sexist comment about Nikki Haley last week, and jumped on a CNN staff call the day after to address the issue — but now all seems to be water under the bridge … at least for Don’s bosses.