Don Lemon terminated from his anchor role at CNN


Don Lemon was terminated from his anchor role at CNN, he announced Monday.

The news comes after Variety published a story earlier this month on allegations that he mistreated his female colleagues over the course of his career there. And earlier this year, he faced backlash over widely criticized comments he made on-air.

Lemon announced the news on Twitter, saying he was informed by his agent that he was being terminated.

“I am stunned,” Lemon wrote. “After 17 years at CNN I would have thought someone in management would have had the decency to tell me directly.”

CNN CEO Chris Licht said that the network and Lemon have “parted ways,” according to a memo provided to NBC News Monday.

“Don will forever be a part of the CNN family, and we thank him for his contributions over the past 17 years,” the statement said. “We wish him well and will be cheering him on in his future endeavors.”

Lemon has been with CNN since 2006, joining the network after anchoring at NBC Chicago and working as a correspondent for NBC News, the “TODAY” show and “NBC Nightly News.”

Lemon first came under fire in February during a segment on “CNN This Morning” in which he remarked that Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley, 51, was no longer in her “prime.” The comment was made while discussing a suggestion by Haley that candidates over the age of 75 should be subjected to mental competency exams.

“Nikki Haley isn’t in her prime, sorry,” Lemon said. “When a woman is considered to be in her prime — in her 20s, 30s and maybe her 40s.”

When pushed by co-anchor Poppy Harlow, Lemon told her not to “shoot the messenger.”

Licht told employees that Lemon agreed to partake in training following public backlash to his comments. He also told Semafor earlier this month that both CNN and Lemon have “moved on” from the issue.

“Don Lemon is a lightning rod because he really came to prominence during an era where that was celebrated and encouraged in prime time,” Licht said.

But a Variety report published April 5 alleged that Lemon has a long history of questionable behavior toward women.

The report was based on more than a dozen former and current colleagues, Variety said, who described Lemon as openly hostile to women at the network. Most of the sources spoke anonymously to the outlet. NBC News has not independently verified the allegations.

A spokesperson for Lemon said in a statement to NBC News following the report that it was “amazing and disappointing that Variety would be so reckless.”

“The story, which is riddled with patently false anecdotes and no concrete evidence, is entirely based on unsourced, unsubstantiated, 15-year-old anonymous gossip,” the statement said.

Responding to an NBC News request for comment, CNN referred to statements it made to Variety that Lemon denied the allegations and that the network — regarding a specific allegation from 2008 — was unable to “corroborate the alleged events from 15 years ago.”

Lemon’s termination comes less than two years after former anchor Chris Cuomo was fired from the network. Cuomo, who anchored his own primetime show for CNN, was fired in December 2021 after an attorney general investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against his brother, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The investigation revealed the depth of Cuomo’s role in helping his brother fight the allegations. He had previously disclosed some conversations with his brother but the attorney general report revealed a “greater level of involvement” than CNN was aware of, the network said at the time.

Cuomo filed legal action against CNN seeking $125 million for wrongful termination last year, which is still pending.

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  1. CNN is now coming to grips with the fact that nobody watches them anymore. Jettisoning the Lemon may not be enough. Go woke, go broke.

  2. Oh well, I don’t give a rats-ass what happens to Don Lemon. I remember him saying that unvaxxed people SHOULD’NT be allowed to go to the supermarket. He actually wanted people to NOT have access to food — all because they didn’t want to take part in a global experiment.
    CNN firing him is nothing compared to what he wanted done to millions of people.
    Good riddance to the 🍋.

  3. Have we looked at most of the people in the American media and their gender identification? A lot of these people are there only because of who they say they are and who they associate with. Black people cannot win because it is always one foot in and one foot out. They have to be constantly looking behind their backs. I have no sympathy for these people as they are part of the conspiracy. They contribute nothing to the black race.

  4. Long overdue, this man vilified the unvaccinated mercilessly at the hight of the Covid-19 vaccination programmes that was taking place around the globe.

    I recall his many CNN media attacks on those of us who did their due diligence and listened to the other medical experts and practitioners who were strangely silenced by the main stream media – and saved our family, friends and loved ones from vaccine mandates and injuries! 🙏

    Here’s a couple of Lemon’s notorious and outlandish comments against the critical thinking public:

    “I think we have to stop cuddling people when it comes to the vaccines, saying ‘oh you can’t shame them, you can’t call them stupid … yes they are!”

    Lemon also called on Americans to “shun stupid unvaccinated people … for the greater good”.


  5. @Brixtonian- we’ll be coming to Antigua one day in the near future, I’d like to buy you a drink…or several 🙂

    CNN – Communist News Network


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