CNN Kicks Don Lemon To The Curb

In a surprising turn of events, longtime CNN host Don Lemon has been fired, and the news has caused quite a stir among media circles. The incident that appears to have led to Lemon’s downfall occurred during a segment discussing GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley’s advocacy for mental competency tests and political candidates over a certain age. 

In February, Lemon was rebuked by CNN’s chairman, Chris Licht, and taken off-air briefly for televised remarks about Nikki Haley. Lemon said that Haley “isn’t in her prime” because of her age. He continued “ a woman is considered to be in her prime during her 20’s and 30’s.” 

Licht said that Lemon’s remarks were “upsetting, unacceptable, and unfair to his co-hosts, and ultimately a huge distraction to the great work of this organization.” Lemon announced his termination via Twitter, saying that he was “stunned” and had not been given any indication that he would be let go. 

His whining and foot-stomping did not go over well with critics, who pointed out that Lemon had exhibited problematic behavior for some time. In 2008, Don Lemon held the co-anchor position for CNN’s weekday show “Live From” alongside Kyra Phillips, a job he secured after working in local news in Chicago for two years.

Sources report that there were mounting tensions between Lemon and Phillips, resulting in Lemon’s provocative behavior leading to him being pulled off the air during commercial breaks by a “Live From” producer and a newsroom supervisor. During this time, Lemon also disrespected colleagues Nancy Grace and Soledad O’Brien. 

One incident reportedly occurred on-air, while the other happened during an editorial meeting attended by around 30 staff members. While the network disputes Lemon’s statement on his termination, the incident highlights the importance of professionalism and respect in the media industry, particularly when it comes to public figures and political figures. 

While Lemon’s departure may be a loss for CNN, it’s a win for society as a whole. It provides an opportunity for the mainstream media to reassess and recommit to its values of journalistic integrity and impartiality.