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Don Lemon On CNN: 'I Think They Want Me To Be The Good-Looking Black Guy'

Don Lemon

First Posted: 12/22/11 01:09 PM ET Updated: 12/23/11 12:24 PM ET

CNN anchor Don Lemon made a surprising admission about the network that employs him in a cover story for Creative Loafing Atlanta (CLA). The interview was published on Thursday.

Lemon, who is based out of the network's Atlanta headquarters, hosts the weekend prime time hours of "CNN Newsroom." Lemon revealed that he was gay in his memoir Transparent, and subsequently came out in a May 2011 interview with the New York Times. He also shared that he was sexually abused as a child on the air, while covering a child molestation scandal in Atlanta.

True to style, Lemon spoke candidly with CLA's Wyatt Williams about working for CNN, and revealed how he believed the network attempts to typecast him. Lemon said, "I think they want me to be the good-looking black guy. That's what I think. I don't know."

He also hinted at a possible change when his contract expires with the network. "'I don't know what will happen when my contract comes up.' He thinks about it for a minute and says, 'People want to have a box to put you in and I don't fit in anyone's box.'"

Fellow "CNN Newsroom" weekend host T.J. Holmes announced that he was leaving the network in early December. He signed a multi-platform contract with BET and will contribute to the network's website as well as host his own television show.

View a slideshow of CNN's lineup below:

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  • 5-7 AM: Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin

    Banfield (shown here) and Sambolin are set to host a new morning show starting in early 2012).

  • Zoraida Sambolin

    Sambolin has been a host for a local Chicago station.

  • 7AM-9AM: Soledad O'Brien

    O'Brien is slated to start her new morning show in early 2012.

  • 9AM-11AM -- CNN Newsroom with Kyra Phillips

  • 11AM-1PM -- CNN Newsroom with Suzanne Malveaux

  • 1 PM- 2 PM: Randi Kaye

  • 2PM-4PM -- CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin

  • 4PM-6PM -- The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer

  • 6PM-7PM -- John King USA

  • 7PM-8PM -- Erin Burnett

  • 8PM-9PM -- Anderson Cooper

  • 9PM-10PM -- Piers Morgan Tonight

  • 10PM-11PM -- Anderson Cooper (Repeat)

  • 6AM-7:30AM -- CNN Saturday Morning (Formerly with T.J. Holmes)

  • 7:30AM-8:00AM -- Sanjay Gupta MD

  • 8AM-9AM -- CNN Saturday Morning (Formerly with T.J. Holmes)

  • 9:30AM-10AM -- Your Bottom Line with Christine Romans

  • 10AM-1PM -- CNN Saturday Morning (Formerly with T.J. Holmes)

  • 1PM-2PM: Your Money

  • 2PM -- CNN Newsroom

  • 6AM-7:30AM -- CNN Sunday Morning (Formerly with T.J. Holmes)

  • 7:30AM-8:00AM -- Sanjay Gupta MD

  • 8AM-9AM -- CNN Sunday Morning (Formerly with T.J. Holmes)

  • 9AM-10AM: State of the Union with Candy Crowley

    Correction: A previous version of this slide misspelled Crowley's first name.

  • 10AM-11AM: Fareed Zakaria GPS

  • 11AM-12PM -- Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz

  • 12PM-1PM: State of the Union with Candy Crowley

    Correction: A previous version of this slide misspelled Crowley's first name.

  • 1PM-2PM -- Fareed Zakaria GPS

  • 2PM-3PM -- The Next List

  • 3PM-4PM -- Your Money

  • 4PM: CNN Newsroom

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