Don Lemon and Tucker Carlson are now without a work home — but they could land at the same place in the near future … and that might be NewsNation, which wants ’em both.
Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ … the subscription television network — which has been growing steadily over the past few years — is interested in potentially hiring DL and TC and adding them to their growing roster of high-profile anchors.
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We’re told the announcements of their oustings Monday came at a perfect time for NewsNation — which just started running 24-hour programming starting this week.
Plus, we’re told the fact both of these guys are huge, recognizable names in the news game is appealing to NewsNation honchos — who feel like they both could bring in big swaths of a diverse audience on both the right and the left … with NewsNation being the hub.
Our sources tell us NewsNation is aware that Don and Tucker each come with their own baggage — but we’re told the execs feel like they could manage it. BTW, the idea of bringing both of them on would not be a replacement move … but a supplemental one, where they’d simply be expanding their talent and creating new shows for the air.
Now, on the issue of money … there could be a hurdle, seeing how our sources tell us NewsNation would not pay either guy anywhere close to what they were making. In Tucker’s case, we’re told he’s been making $20 million per year at FOX of late.
For Don, our sources tell us he’s closer to $7 million/year — and if they were gonna work at NewsNation, they’d have to be comfortable with a pretty big pay cut … as we’re told the org wouldn’t be able to come anywhere close to either number. Still, though, our sources tell us their potential salaries would be fat nonetheless … in the millions for both.
One final note … we’re told NewsNation is serious about this — and that their executive team flew to NYC Monday to discuss this internally. So, it sounds like they might just pursue this plan — as they clearly feel it could work out.
Chris Cuomo is a good example of that — he was booted from CNN a couple years ago. It’s actually interesting, because we’re told Cuomo, who was close to Don back in the day, feels Don betrayed him after he was booted.
The fact NN has studios in big markets like D.C., Chicago and NYC, we’re told, also makes the team feel like they might have a shot at hooking these 2 big fish. Of course, there are reports Don and Tucker have retained the same entertainment attorney, Bryan Freedman.
So, before they move on … they might have unfinished business with their former networks.