Why Don Lemon was fired? On Monday, CNN fired anchor Don Lemon after many women made s*xual harassment and discrimination claims against him. An hour before Lemon made his announcement, conservative prime-time host Tucker Carlson said he was leaving Fox News. CEO Jeff Shell resigned on Sunday, NBCUniversal said, due to a "inappropriate relationship with a woman in the company."
#1. Why Don Lemon Was Fired? Updated News
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According to his spokesperson, Lemon's tenure as the host of "CNN This Morning" ended on Monday. According to Lemon, the news "stunned" him. "I would have thought that someone in management would have had the decency to tell me directly," Lemon, 57, said on Twitter. She emphasized that she had never been informed that she would no longer be able to perform the work she enjoyed at the network.
Lemon said, "it is clear that there are some larger issues at play," without offering any further context. CNN, which is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery and aired later on Monday, disputed Lemon's account of his departure. Network reps called Lemon's claims "inaccurate," saying he was "offered an opportunity to meet with management but instead released a statement on Twitter."
#2. What Did Insiders Say About Don Lemon?
CNN CEO Chris Licht confirmed the news shortly after Lemon tweeted that he and the network had "parted ways." "Don will always be a part of the CNN family, and we appreciate all he has done for us over the past 17 years," the network said. We shall be pulling for him and wish him well in all his future pursuits.
The morning show that Lemon, Poppy Harlow, and Kaitlan Collins hosted on CNN will continue. Since the show has been on the air for nearly six months, the network says it is "committed to its success." Lemon came under fire for his remarks against Nikki Haley, who announced her campaign for president of the United States on the Republican ticket in February. Nikki Haley's career isn't ready for prime time just yet. Haley is 51 years old, so Lemon said on air that she is "past a woman's prime," which he described as the years 20-40.
Lemon, clearly repentant, reversed his earlier critique of Haley. Following the gender biased comments, Licht announced at the end of February that Lemon would be sent to training. The head of CNN recently told Semafor that the network and Lemon have "moved on" from the scandal. According to a lengthy piece published by Variety last month, Lemon was fired from CNN because of his habit of making threatening and derogatory words to female employees. More than a dozen of Lemon's current and former employees were interviewed for the piece, Variety reports. The media relied on several of them for anonymous quotes.
More than a year has passed since it was disclosed that Jeff Zucker, the former president of CNN, had been having an affair with a high-ranking official at the network. Even CNN's former prime-time host, Chris Cuomo, was fired a year earlier. The decision was influenced by New York Attorney General Letitia James' investigation into how Cuomo helped his brother, ex-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, deal with s*xual harassment allegations. Cuomo arbitrated CNN for wrongful termination and sought $125 million in damages. The case's conclusion is still up in the air at this time.
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