African-American CNN anchor Don Lemon has gotten into an unlikely public feud with Academy-Award-nominated comic actor Jonah Hill.
According to TMZ, the whole drama started when Lemon allegedly tried to greet the Moneyball actor after recognizing him at a hotel.
“Said hi to @jonahhill in hotel. Think he thought i was bellman. Didn’t know his name til bellman told me. A lesson to always be kind,” Lemon tweeted about the encounter.
Hill, who plays what appears to be a racially-charged role in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained, clearly took at offense at Lemon’s accusations.
“I said hi what do you want me to do move in with you? I was in a hurry. Didn’t realize you were a 12 year old girl. Peace,” tweeted Hill. “I walked out of the restroom and found you waiting for me. Shook hands, said hi and was on my way. Sorry if you found that rude.”
After fighting on the web, Lemon took their spat on the airwaves, telling CNN audiences: “Jonah Hill doesn’t owe me anything, and he may have been having a bad day … but Jonah Hill treated me like the help.”
Later on, Lemon did admit that Hill shook his hand but he complained that it was a “wet handshake.”
“Normally it doesn’t bother me, but I was done … because I’d been taught by mother to always be kind to people,” Lemon said.
The CNN anchor made headlines last Spring when he revealed his homosexuality and wrote about his experiences as a gay black man in America.