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Don Lemon's Extravagant Demands For X Show Included Tesla Cybertruck And SpaceX Equity

Former CNN anchor Don Lemon reportedly made extravagant demands during contract negotiations with Elon Musk for hosting a show on the social media platform X. According to The Post, Lemon's wish list included a free Tesla Cybertruck, a $5 million upfront payment, an $8 million annual salary, an

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Don Lemon's Extravagant Demands For X Show Included Tesla Cybertruck And SpaceX Equity

Former CNN anchor Don Lemon reportedly made extravagant demands during contract negotiations with Elon Musk for hosting a show on the social media platform X. According to The Post, Lemon's wish list included a free Tesla Cybertruck, a $5 million upfront payment, an $8 million annual salary, an equity stake in SpaceX, and the right to approve changes in X's news content policy. He also allegedly demanded a private jet flight to Las Vegas, a suite for him and his fiancée, and for the company to cover their expenses for day drinking and massages.

Despite being aware of some of Lemon's demands, Musk agreed to an interview with him. The partnership was announced in January, but a final agreement was not in place before the interview. Lemon was fired shortly after, with Musk calling him "dull" and "underwhelming." Lemon claimed he was fired because Musk reneged on his free speech pledge and alleged that X threatened to fire him if he attended the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. However, an X spokesperson called these claims "a disingenuous lie."

Negotiations between Lemon and X progressed after Linda Yaccarino became CEO of X but stalled due to Lemon's extensive demands, which also included executive assistants and a $10-15 million marketing budget. Lemon's representatives denied the claims made by The Post.

In other news, PETA has warned against drinking Bali's civet coffee, known as kopi luwak, due to concerns over animal welfare. PETA claims the beans are collected from captive civets held in wire cages and that there is no ethically produced kopi luwak, despite denials of mistreatment. The market size for kopi luwak is worth $7.16 billion and is projected to grow to $11 billion by 2032.

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