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Don Lemon has parted ways with CNN, CNN stated Monday that it was parting ways with the star anchor that used to play a major part in their primetime line-up.
“CNN and Don have parted ways,” the network said in a statement on Monday. “Don will forever be a part of the CNN family, and we thank him for his contributions over the past 17 years. We wish him well and will be cheering him on in his future endeavors.”
The network has announced that the morning show Lemon hosted will continue and that its committed to its success. The Morning show Lemon hosted for CNN has been on the air for over 6 months. Lemon appeared on the show Monday morning like normal and then three hours after he signed off, he issued a harsh statement at his employer over twitter.
“I was informed this morning by my agent that I have been terminated by CNN,” Mr. Lemon wrote. “I am stunned. After 17 years at CNN I would have thought that someone in management would have had the decency to tell me directly. At no time was I ever given any indication that I would not be able to continue to do the work I have loved at the network.”
Lemon is known as one of CNN’s most recognizable stars and was also known for being a fiery political commentator during his eight-year run as a primetime anchor. It’s said that within the network he began to lose support after he made comments back in February that were perceived as sexist.
Mr. Lemon had asserted on-air that Nikki Haley, the 51-year-old Republican presidential candidate, “isn’t in her prime, sorry,” adding, “A woman is considered to be in her prime in her 20s and 30s and maybe 40s.” He dismissed the objections of his female co-hosts by responding, “I’m just saying what the facts are — Google it.” He later apologized to the CNN newsroom and agreed to a corporate training program to address his on-air behavior.
Lemon parting ways with CNN is just another page in his dramatic downfall, 7 months ago he was a primetime anchor and now He’s not and is long with from the network.