Just minutes after Don Lemon announced that he’d been fired by CNN, the cable news channel announced his termination on air.
Lemon confirmed his ousting on Twitter, saying that he was “stunned” when he first got word from his agent. “After 17 years at CNN, I would have thought that someone in management would have had the decency to tell me directly.”
Shortly thereafter, on CNN’s air, chief national correspondent John King gave the floor to senior media reporter Oliver Darcy, who briefed viewers on Lemon’s exit. He also relayed a memo from CNN chairman and CEO Chris Licht, which in part reads, “Don will forever be a part of the CNN family, and we thank him for his contributions over the past 17 years.”
“I don’t know the details happening while I’m sitting in the chair here,” King said. “But I work here, I love this place. I certainly wish Don the best. He’s always been good to me as a colleague.” Watch video above.
Lemon’s termination comes three weeks after our sister site Variety published an exposé in which more than a dozen of Lemon’s former and current colleagues outlined a pattern of allegedly misogynistic, inappropriate and “diva-like” behavior at the cable news network, and more than two months after he received backlash for a sexist statement he made on CNN This Morning in February.
In other cable news, Fox News on Monday announced that it had “parted ways” with primetime anchor Tucker Carlson. For more on that, go here.
Maybe he and Tucker Carlson (just announced that he’s left the network that shall not be named) can start their own show together.
If it happens it will probably be a show with his good friend Chris on NewsNation.
I guess he’s the yin to Tucker’s yang
Dang today is just a big of fun in the world of “news”. Though I would have preferred a broom and Sandman come and sweep Don or Tucker off stage but we can’t ask for everything.
What a day. I watch both CNN and Fox News, and these two opinionated clowns were my least favorite anchors. For me, it only improves things on both sides.
Like Tucker Carlson, Don Lemon is part of the problem with the present state of the news media and why so many people have so little trust in it. I have little hope his replacement will be better, but there’s always a chance.
Big day for cable bombshells! Sad about Don’s CNN downfall – but I’m absolutely doing the happy dance with lying Tucker’s comeuppance (hopefully the rest of Faux News will be following not too far behind!)
I have theory about this situation. I think it is a money thing. I heard that Gayle King and Charles Barkley are coming to do a new show in the fall. I could be wrong, but is it to store up some money ahead for these two people to put on a new show. Charles and Gayle won’t come cheap with wages.
Bring Victor Blackwell in to replace Don. He will humanize the morning show. And if not there, Victor deserves a better slot somewhere.
Don’t mess with John King. Only Chris Licht would be crazy enough to replace the host of CNN’s best-rated show.
I am glad he is fired . Very opinionated and very insulting to women . He thinks he knows it all . Good riddance . CNN’s rating will go up . Bring Robin Mead back in his place . It will be A team .
Horrible News I have followed Don Lemon for a long time & when he moved to the morning show I loved watching the dynamic 3.….. sorry you just lost a fan…. Suspension & Training, yes, but firing is over the top…. Nobody is Perfect!!!