Police said a man with a southern accent called CNN about 10 p.m. Thursday and said five bombs had been placed throughout the facility inside the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle.
It didn't take long for some people to link the bomb threat to US President Donald Trump and his war of words with mainstream media.
Fire alarm bells rang inside the newsroom to signal an evacuation shortly after 10:30 pm, CNN said on its website, as the network went to pre-taped programming. "We grabbed what we could and got out of the building and now, we are standing outside of the building", Lemon said. The NYPD said they were investigating.
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"We were evacuated in the middle of my live show", Lemon tweeted.
The bomb threat was phoned-in, according to CNN. They evacuated the studios out of caution. Less than an hour before the threat was phoned in to the CNN, Trump had tweeted "FAKE NEWS - ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!"
The roughly 90-minute drama recalled a similar evacuation in October after an explosive device was discovered at CNN's NY headquarters.
In October, Time Warner Center was evacuated after a package containing an explosive device addressed to ex-CIA Director John Brennan was discovered.