Don Lemon supports Jussie Smollett.
The 52-year-old CNN anchor was stopped by the final episode of Red Table Talk and discussed the recent homophobic and racist attack on the Empire star, in which two men started out, according to a source to yell at Smollett's racial and homophobic insults before hitting him repeatedly. The men then poured a substance on the source, which was considered to be bleach, and one of the attackers put a rope around his neck.
"My first reaction was sadness, I was not shocked, I did not like it to happen to him," said Lemon, who came out in public in 2011. "I called him because we have mutual friends, I put the friend on the phone, the friend talked to me for a minute, and the friend says," Jussie is here to see the doctor. "I talked to Jussie for a moment and then he said, 'I have to go, the doctor is here." And it just made me sad. "
Lemon has been solely on Smollett since the attack Well-being focused.
"It has been reported that this has happened or that has happened, but my main concern is for him and his well-being." His, "said Lemon." … He has to deal with discrimination as a black man, and he also has to be gay and be out. And then he is famous. "
" Fame is not natural. I draw & # 39; I do not think people should be famous, "he continued," … If something happens and it's controversial, everyone comes for you. And so I knew everyone would take his story apart. It is not about me. That's not my thing. My concern is for him. "
The concern has prompted Lemon to check Smollett daily with text messages.
" I say everyday … "I know you think I'm pestering you, but I just want to know how you are, and that you're okay, and if you need someone, you can talk to me because there are not many of us out there. "" Lemon revealed. "Sometimes answers he, sometimes not. He replied and said, "You are not annoying."
Smollett's attack is one of many things that has recently caused Lemon to be scared of being a gay black man
"Recently I was scared of the political environment, I get death threats … I have security, "Lemon said. "All these things happen, listen, we've always been ideologically divided, but now there's something else going on."
Before the Final Red Table Talk episode, Jada Pinkett Smith, host of the show, told ET Fractions why she had invited Lemon to the Facebook Watch series ,
"Don [Lemon] is this week and with the whole situation of Jussie Smollett, My mother and Willow and I were very interested in the experience of being openly gay, black and male in America," she explained. "That's a very short list, and the only person I could think of to come to the table to talk about this experience is Don."
"Don came with so much wisdom and information and he really enlightened me what the experience looks like and in a way that I did not understand or understand until I talked to Don," she continued. "I hope that people who have family or children, families who are struggling to figure out how to deal with an openly gay child, or people who want to find out how to talk about it, will see the show."  10 PHOTOS
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