Long suspected to be on the chopping block at CNN, a “stunned” Don Lemon reported Monday that he had been terminated with a parting shot at his employer of nearly two decades.
Likely to be overshadowed by the sudden report that Fox News had parted ways with primetime host and ratings giant Tucker Carlson, Lemon himself reported on his own firing after alleging no “indication” he would be shown the door. Furthermore, it was his agent, not a member of the management team, who told him his fate.
“I was informed this morning by my agent that I have been terminated by CNN. I am stunned. After 17 years at CNN I would have thought someone in management would have had the decency to tell me directly,” the now-former host of “CNN This Morning” tweeted. “At no time was I ever given any indication that I would not be able to continue to do the work I have loved at the network.”
— Don Lemon (@donlemon) April 24, 2023
Without hinting at what, Lemon went on to suggest there was more to his termination and said, “It is clear that there are some larger issues at play. With that said, I want to thank my colleagues and the many teams I have worked with for an incredible run. They are the most talented journalists in the business, and I wish them all the best.”
Shortly after his newly terminated employee put the company on blast, CEO Chris Licht released his own statement confirming they had parted ways with Lemon without elaborating further. “Don will forever be a part of the CNN family, and we thank him for his contributions over the past 17 years. We wish him well and will be cheering him on in his future endeavors.”
Lemon was only the latest in a series of cuts made since Licht took over at the cable news network after having already released numerous personalities like Brian Stelter and White House correspondent John Harwood.
Having already been bumped from his primetime spot to join co-hosts Kaitlan Collins and Poppy Harlow in the morning, Lemon continued to prove a problem for the network for, among other things, making sexist remarks to coworkers which he was required to undergo “formal training” over before returning to work.
As to his claim that management not telling him directly, a statement from CNN’s communications team indicated that was “inaccurate.”
“He was offered an opportunity to meet with management but instead released a statement on Twitter.”
Don Lemon’s statement about this morning’s events is inaccurate. He was offered an opportunity to meet with management but instead released a statement on Twitter.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) April 24, 2023
Summing the news as only he can, former President Donald Trump offered up his own take on Lemon’s termination on Truth Social, “Good News: ‘The dumbest man on television,’ Don Lemon, has finally been fired from Fake News CNN. My only question is, WHAT TOOK THEM SO LONG?”
A lot of people are asking if @donlemon is coming to@realDailyWire.
Just kidding. No one is asking that. pic.twitter.com/76leUCQMpV
— Jeremy Boreing (@JeremyDBoreing) April 24, 2023
Unlike Tucker Carlson, this is probably the end of any semblance of relevance for Don Lemon.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) April 24, 2023
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