Crews, amid backlash for a number of tweets where he criticized the Black Lives Matter movement, decided to go on CNN and defend himself.
“Are all white people bad? No. Are all black people good? No,” the America’s Got Talent host tweeted on Saturday. "I stand on my decision to unite with good people, no matter the race, creed or ideology...Given the number of threats against this decision—I also decide to die on this hill."
During the conversation with Lemon, the CNN anchor asked Crews why this, of all things, was “the hill” he wanted to die on.
"There are some very militant type forces in Black Lives Matter and what I was issuing was a warning,” Crews responded. "I've been a part of different groups and you see how extremes can really go far and go wild. When a warning is seen as detrimental to the movement, how can you ever have checks and balances?"
Lemon himself faced backlash in 2014 during the Ferguson protests, following the murder of Michael Brown, for some of his narrow-minded comments about Black crime and violence. Lemon has notably grown from that criticism and showed as much by asking Crews to be wary of hyperbolizing BLM as an extremist organization.