Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon Are Such Good Friends, ‘He’s Like the Brother You Never Had,’ Lemon’s Mother Says

Tonight on CNN, Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon will host the network’s late-night coverage of Election Night in America. Fans often find it hard to believe that the two men are friends outside of the newsroom. However, they are so close that even Lemon’s mother refers to Cuomo as ‘the brother you never had.  

Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, John Berman, and Christine Romans
Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, John Berman, and Christine Romans | Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Turner

Don Lemon was distraught when Chris Cuomo was diagnosed with the coronavirus

On March 31, 2020, Chris Cuomo told the world that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. He also talked about his symptoms on-air, telling viewers that he was shivering so severely one night that he chipped a tooth. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s younger brother explained that he never experienced anything like the virus, and he was very concerned that there was nothing he could do about it. 

One day after the announcement, a visibly upset Don Lemon had to grab a tissue to continue his news report. 

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“I said I wasn’t going to do this,” Lemon said about Cuomo while dabbing his eyes. “He’s probably sitting at home laughing at me…Chris and I are really good friends; we live near each other. And so, when I walk into work every day, I have to walk by where Chris is, so I usually go to his office.” 

Lemon was very upset that his friend wasn’t at work that day and worried about his health. 

Jimmy Kimmel was surprised to hear how close Cuomo and Lemon are

News anchor Lemon made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live in September 2019 to discuss the constantly changing news and being called the “dumbest man on television” by Donald Trump. During the discussion, Kimmel asked if he ever takes a break from the news. Lemon told him that he tries to, but his mother is continuously watching CNN. 

When Kimmel asked who his mother’s favorite news anchor is, he was surprised to hear that she prefers Chris Cuomo over her son. His mother and his coworker are friends because Lemon is such great friends with Cuomo.

“We’re actually really good friends,” Lemon told Kimmel. “People don’t believe that we are, but we are. We go fishing. We hang out on the weekends. My mom says that ‘he is like the brother you never had.'”

Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon often talk politics during their CNN show handoff

It comes as no surprise that Cuomo and Lemon will be taking care of the late-night coverage for CNN Election Night in America. On a typical weeknight, viewers can watch Cuomo Primetime at 9 p.m. EST, and then CNN Tonight with Don Lemon after. 

The two men often make jabs at President Donald Trump together. On one night in July, they joked during the CNN handoff of their two shows that they should hold the Presidential election in the summer and call it “Trump Day.” 

It will be interesting to see how many jokes the two men make about the President on election night.