Sunday, 01 Oct 2023

Don Lemon says he has been fired by CNN: I am stunned

Don Lemon says he has been fired by CNN: I am stunned


Don Lemon says he has been fired by CNN: I am stunned

The TV news anchor Don Lemon said on Monday he had been fired from CNN - the news breaking shortly after word of another major US media departure, that of Tucker Carlson from Fox News.

"I was informed this morning by my agent that I have been terminated by CNN," Lemon, 57, wrote on Twitter not long after appearing on CNN This Morning, the revamped show he co-hosted with Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins.

"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."

CNN did not say why Lemon had left but it did dispute his version of events.

It said: "Don Lemon's statement about this morning's events is inaccurate. He was offered an opportunity to meet with management but instead released a statement on Twitter."

In a separate statement, the chairman of CNN, Chris Licht, said: "CNN and Don have parted ways. 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."

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