Elon Musk likens Don Lemon to spoiled child from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory after TV host ‘demanded free Tesla Cybertruck, $8M salary with $5M upfront, and a stake in X’ before billionaire cancelled deal for new show

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  • Elon Musk likened Don Lemon to Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory after reports of Lemon’s alleged demands surfaced for his new show 
  • Lemon requested a free Tesla Cybertruck, an $8 million salary, equity in X, and a $5 million upfront payment together with a private jet flight to Las Vegas
  • Despite the extravagant demands, Musk still agreed to the interview but the partnership soured after Lemon questioned Musk about hate speech on X

Elon Musk has compared the former CNN anchor Don Lemon to the spoiled child from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory after it was revealed the TV host had made an alleged series of demands before his new show streams on X.

Lemon is alleged to have requested a free Tesla Cybertruck, an $8 million salary, a equity stake in X together with a $5 million upfront payment on top. 

In a posting to X on Friday night, Musk simply wrote, Don ‘Veruca Salt’ Lemon, in reference to the character from the 1970 film, that sees the youngster making clear her wants as she belts out ‘I want it now!’

Lemon is alleged to have demanded a flight to Las Vegas on a private jet flight together with a suite for him and his fiancé.

In addition it is claimed Lemon asked for X to pay for a day of drinking and massages, the New York Post is reporting.

Elon Musk has compared the former CNN anchor Don Lemon to the spoiled child from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory after it was revealed the TV host had an alleged series of demands before his new show streamed on X

Lemon is alleged to have requested a free Tesla Cybertruck, an $8 million salary, a equity stake in X together with a $5 million upfront payment on top

Lemon is alleged to have requested a free Tesla Cybertruck, an $8 million salary, a equity stake in X together with a $5 million upfront payment on top

Cole as the precocious Veruca Salt in a scene from the 1971 film

Elon Musk likened Don Lemon to spoiled child Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 

Yet Musk reportedly still agreed to do the interview with Lemon despite his  extravagant demands.

The alleged proposal was also formal rather than whimsical with everything placed in writing in a contract sent from United Talent Agency to X in December.

Officials at X stated there was no ‘final or signed agreement with Don Lemon or ‘The Don Lemon Show” 

But a spokesperson at UTA has poured cold water on the claims describing it as ‘absolute, complete utter nonsense without an iota of truth to it.’ 

Lemon was due to partner with Musk’s X before things turned sour after the journalist questioned him about the rise in hate speech on his app. 

Lemon is alleged to have requested a free Tesla Cybertruck in return for his show on X

Lemon is alleged to have requested a free Tesla Cybertruck in return for his show on X 

Musk reneged on the multimillion-dollar deal hours after the sit-down, where Lemon asked him about hate speech on Twitter and his drug use

Musk reneged on the multimillion-dollar deal hours after the sit-down, where Lemon asked him about hate speech on Twitter and his drug use

On Friday, Lemon appeared on The View to plug his forthcoming show, which is still going ahead through other platforms.

He was consoled about the cancellation by the panel 

‘I think getting fired by Elon Musk is something you should wear as a badge of honor,’ host Ana Navarro told him.

Despite the rift, Lemon revealed he was able to glean some more information about Musk’s relationship with Donald Trump which has been in the spotlight following reports the two billionaires had met.

Don Lemon  revealed Elon Musk dished to him about his private chats with Donald Trump before the 'tense' interview resulted in the Tesla billionaire deciding to ax his show

Don Lemon  revealed Elon Musk dished to him about his private chats with Donald Trump before the ‘tense’ interview resulted in the Tesla billionaire deciding to ax his show

Lemon appeared on The View on Friday to plug the forthcoming show, which is still going ahead through other platforms, where was consoled about the cancellation

Lemon appeared on The View on Friday to plug the forthcoming show, which is still going ahead through other platforms, where was consoled about the cancellation

‘Did he show his hand on whether he would support Trump?’ Host Alyssa Griffin asked.

‘He did talk about the meeting, why he went down, the context and the venue were in and he did talk to me about what the former president did have to say,’ Lemon replied.

Musk met with Trump in Palm Beach, Florida, fueling speculation he could be about to provide a much-needed cash injection into the presidential hopeful’s campaign. 

Scant details have been released about the meeting, although Musk publicly came out to deny he would be endorsing any candidate shortly after.

The South African CEO invited Lemon to bring his show to X after the former CNN host was dumped by the network on April 2023 after allegations of misogyny.

But Musk reneged on the multimillion-dollar deal hours after the sit-down, where Lemon asked him about hate speech on Twitter and his drug use.

In one clip played on The View, Lemon asked Musk about X users and hate speech including the ‘great replacement theory’ which Musk himself has amplified.

The ‘Great Replacement Theory’ preaches that white European populations are being demographically and culturally replaced by non-white peoples – especially from Muslim countries.

Speculation was ignited that Musk could be backing Trump after the two met in Florida. Pictured: President Donald Trump talks with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk at the White House Feb. 3, 2017

Speculation was ignited that Musk could be backing Trump after the two met in Florida. Pictured: President Donald Trump talks with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk at the White House Feb. 3, 2017

But the billionaire was unimpressed and refused to answer the question directly, telling Lemon he did not have to agree to the interview.

‘I don’t have to answer questions from reporters. Don the only reason I’m doing this interview is because you’re on the X platform and you asked for it. I’m criticized constantly I could care less.’ 

The exchange prompted The View co-host Joy Behar to brand Musk a ‘snowflake’ and to ask Lemon if he knew what he was getting into with the controversial billionaire.

‘There’s an old saying in the south, you knew I was a snake when you picked me up. I’m not saying he is a snake, but it is relative to this situation I went into it with my eyes open.

‘Truly I went into it with the best of intentions. I am an independent regardless of what people think, Elon Musk thinks I’m on the left, I am an independent.

‘I believe in free speech. I believe people have the right to say whatever they want to say but you suffer the consequences for it.

‘Twitter or X is one of the biggest information platforms in the world so why cede that to extremists? I wanted to get on their and fight it out so that everybody could have a voice.’

Lemon revealed he was able to glean some more information about Musk's relationship with Donald Trump which has been in the spotlight following reports the two had met

Musk has stated he is not endorsing any candidate in the upcoming election

Lemon revealed he was able to glean some more information about Musk’s relationship with Donald Trump which has been in the spotlight following reports the two had met

Lemon previously claimed he is clueless over why Musk became ‘so upset’ by the interview, the billionaire countered that he canned the show after finding Lemon’s approach was ‘basically just CNN, but on social media.’

‘And, instead of it being the real Don Lemon, it was really just Jeff Zucker talking through Don, so lacked authenticity,’ he wrote on X

In the clips that have surfaced from the piece, which Lemon described as ‘tense at moments,’ the pair covered a wide-range of topics, including Musk’s use of drugs, his lack of support for Joe Biden and issues over moderation at X.

CNN aired footage showing Lemon asking Musk about his recreational use of horse tranquilizer ketamine.

The Tesla founder’s use of the drug has been widely reported on and he himself has admitted to taking it.

‘The reason I mentioned ketamine with prescription on the X platform is because I thought: ‘Maybe this is something that could help other people.’ That’s why I mentioned it.

‘Obviously I’m not a doctor but I would say that if someone has depression issues, they should consider talking to their doctor about ketamine.’

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