Morning host Don Lemon’s tenure came to a sudden end at CNN on Monday, April 24, despite his years as the face of the network’s New Year’s Eve celebration coverage.
While the reasoning is still not entirely clear, one thing is certain: His departure from CNN was involuntary.
The longtime presenter revealed in a tweeted statement that he had been fired and company management refused to inform him personally; CNN has also not publicly commented on the reasoning.
In his statement, Lemon wrote that he was “stunned” to learn of his layoff and thanked his colleagues at the network for an “incredible career.” Shortly after his tweet, Lemon’s face and name were removed from the CNN website’s hosts and anchors list.
The former CNN anchor did not speculate on the exact reason for his firing, only suggesting that there were “bigger issues at play.”
But his ouster and earlier suspension came in the wake of comments he made on air about Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor and current contender for the 2024 Republican nomination.
Describing the former UN ambassador under Donald Trump as “past her prime”, the former CNN anchor suggested that Republican voters would not seize on the theme of “new leadership in Washington” that Ms Haley’s campaign has promoted as his candidacy for the White Party. she started the house.
Lemon also had a contentious exchange on issues of race and gun control with Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy in recent days, during which he could be seen berating his producers for interrupting him; The entire exchange reportedly caused consternation among CNN leaders.
The initiates said The New York Times that the incident left “several CNN leaders exasperated.”
Earlier this month, Lemon was also accused of mistreating various colleagues throughout his career at CNN.
Several current or former employees said Variety about cases in which the popular host had been inappropriate with his co-workers, including Nancy Grace, Soledad O’Brien and Kyra Phillips, his former co-host on CNN’s “Live From.”
Lemon’s rep responded to the report by describing it as “15-year anonymous gossip,” while CNN said it had “not been able to corroborate the purported accounts.”
There were also said to have been off-air tensions between Lemon and co-host Kaitlin Collins following an incident in which he allegedly accused her of interrupting him.
In his Monday statement, Lemon wrote that “[a]No time [he] he never gave any indication” that he would not return to his normal duties at CNN as a result of the comments or for any other reason.
CNN rejected Lemon’s version of eventshowever.
“Don Lemon’s statement regarding the events of this morning is inaccurate. He was offered the opportunity to meet with management, but instead he issued a statement on Twitter.”