CNN’s “Don Lemon Tonight” has reportedly been canceled, but eponymous host Don Lemon will not be leaving the network.
CNN announced early Thursday that Lemon will instead join Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins on a brand new morning show set to replace “New Day.”
This means no more “Don Lemon Tonight.” However, the host will still remain at the network in spite of rumors that he’d be the next one to be ousted.
“Don Lemon, one of CNN’s most recognizable news personalities, will close the curtain on his nightly program Don Lemon Tonight to headline the brand-new morning show.” https://t.co/MkYeDxbDC8
— Sam Stein (@samstein) September 15, 2022
Lemon is, for his part, excited about the change.
“The last eight years have been an incredible ride. I’ve had the opportunity to work with one of the best show teams in the business, but it’s time to shake things up. I am so appreciative of the ‘Don Lemon Tonight’ team, my wonderful, loyal viewers and everyone who has believed in me,” he said in a statement.
“I was honestly floored when Chris Licht asked me to do this and I’m honored by his belief in me. It’s going to be a thrill to take on this challenge with Poppy and Kaitlan. I’ll get to work with two of my dearest friends. Set your alarms folks, because we’re going to have a lot of fun.”
. @donlemon, @PoppyHarlowCNN and @kaitlancollins to Anchor New CNN Morning Show Debuting Later This Year: https://t.co/pOYchw93uC pic.twitter.com/7qplGoVaCd
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) September 15, 2022
“There is no stronger combination of talent than Don, Poppy and Kaitlan to deliver on our promise of a game-changing morning news program,” CNN chair and CEO Chris Licht added in his own statement.
“They are each uniquely intelligent, reliable and compelling; together they have a rare and palpable chemistry. Combined with CNN’s resources and global newsgathering capabilities, we will offer a smart, bold and refreshing way to start the day.”
That’s one way to look at things …
Ever since Licht took over in February, he’s slowly but surely fired a number of the network’s most glaringly partisan figures, including John Harwood and Brian Stelter.
Most critics had assumed Lemon was the next one on the chopping block:
First was Chris Cuomo, now it’s Brian Stelter… next to go is Don Lemon.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) August 18, 2022
Did you hear that Don Lemon is likely the next to be booted from CNN? pic.twitter.com/l903usxetC
— Adorable Patriot Todd 🇺🇸🍊 (@Adorable_Todd) September 3, 2022
But it appears the longtime CNN host has averted disaster — for now.
However, critics say CNN’s announcement is still a negative sign for him given as he’ll be going from hosting his own show to co-hosting another show. It seems, critics say, like a demotion.
As conservative radio show host Clay Travis put it in a tweet, “CNN has demoted Don Lemon from an evening show that no one watched to a morning show that no one will watch.”
See more reactions below:
Huge demotion for wackjob leftist Lemon. He’ll be fully fired in about a year.
— Recky Rodriguez (@RattFBEV) September 15, 2022
If @DonLemon had an ounce of dignity he would quit. He was demoted from prime time for a slot on a morning show nobody watches. Well then again that seems a perfect fit, bcz nobody watched his show either.
— P J Lopez (@PJLopez58) September 15, 2022
He went from his own show in prime time to sharing a morning show with two other random people
It’s a demotion. Lol
— karlstack.substack.com (@realChrisBrunet) September 15, 2022
Lol, peace out. Another CNN show bites the dust.
First step of Don “Smell My Finger” Lemon getting fired from CNN is moving him to a morning slot. That is a demotion as everyone in cable news knows.
— aucbcat (@aucbcat31) September 15, 2022
Don Lemon DEMOTED! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/3fts5QqQrj
— EzraPound (@Ezra1Pound) September 15, 2022
As for John Berman and Brianna Keilar, the hosts of “New Day,” they’ll reportedly remain at the show until its replacement premieres. At that point, they’ll “assume new roles at the network later this year,” according to CNN.
“The morning show will get a name change and a new format and set, the network said. The current show from 6 to 9 a.m. is ‘New Day,'” The New York Times noted in its own write-up.
“CNN executives are hoping to have the new show up and running in late October, ahead of the midterm elections, but no definitive timetable was given other than announcing that it would make its debut this year.”
What remains unclear is who’ll replace Lemon now that his two-hour program, “Don Lemon Tonight,” is being axed.
As noted by one Twitter critic, there’s a possibility, however minute, that Licht will replace Lemon’s show “with another radical, leftwing, partisan show that engages in hate, division and conspiracy theories.”
Shocker! Can’t imagine why Donny’s show is struggling. But knowing CNN they’ll probably just replace it with another radical, leftwing, partisan show that engages in hate, division and conspiracy theories. Garbage in; garbage out. https://t.co/CkMvTcV8sW
— Robby Anthony (@Cosmic_Ranter) September 15, 2022
But considering the positive changes Licht has already made, it seems more likely that he’ll replace Lemon with someone more moderate and less indecent.
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