Smollett made the confession under oath in a Chicago courtroom, telling jurors in the trial on disorderly conduct and filing a false police report after allegedly paying for a pair of brothers to stage a fake hate crime assault on him that Lemon came to his aide.
Smollett testified the anchor sent him a text message to warn him that police didn't believe his allegations about having been the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.
Now there are calls for Lemon, host of Don Lemon Tonight, to be fired.
"More activism by an 'anchor' at CNN," wrote The Hill columnist Joe Concha. "The network needs to now address this publicly as well. These texts from Lemon to Smollett came during an active high-profile investigation. CNN mum thus far."
Right-wing activist Jack Posobiec went as far as to suggest “Lemon was helping Jussie obstruct justice."
"After Jussie Smollett's testimony that Don Lemon tipped him off to the Chicago PD not believing his story... he should be the next to get tanked from CNN," wrote comedian and author Tim Young.
Political commentator and author Nick Adams also chimed in on the matter, tweeting: "If Don Lemon tipped off Jussie Smollett about police investigating the hate crime hoax, CNN should fire him immediately!"
The ex-Empire actor has testified in the case, denying the charges leveled against him that he lied to Chicago police about a racist, anti-gay attack in 2019.
He admitted writing a $3,500 check to a friend for nutrition and training advice but said the payment for the man and his brother's help was not to fake a hate crime.
Many are now questioning what the difference is between Cuomo and Lemon’s actions.
After an independent investigation found Chris’ brother Andrew Cuomo had sexually harassed 11 women in the workplace — including touching their “intimate body parts” without consent — it emerged that Chris, CNN's highest-rated host, had formally advised his brother on how to respond to the scandal.
When further details emerged about the extent of his involvement in aiding Andrew, Chris was suspended “indefinitely, pending further evaluation.” When it emerged he had tried to dig up dirt on at least one of the ex-Governor’s accusers, he was fired.