Trump media enemy Don Lemon axed at CNN

 April 25, 2023

On the same day Tucker Carlson parted ways with Fox News, Trump enemy Don Lemon was cut from the lineup of CNN and fired from the network. 

Lemon expressed surprise and dismay about his firing after 17 years on the network.

“I was informed this morning by my agent that I have been terminated by CNN. 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,” Lemon said on Twitter after he was let go.

“I want to thank my colleagues and the many teams I have worked with for an incredible run. They are the most talented journalists in the business, and I wish them all the best,” he added.

"We wish him well"

CNN wrote on its Twitter page, “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.”

The network also disputed Lemon's statement that he wasn't told anything about his termination by CNN directly.

"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," the network posted.

It seems to be the way of cable news outlets to do firings suddenly in recent months and years, possibly to prevent on-air meltdowns and negative comments about the network after the termination is announced.

No reason

Tucker Carlson was also separated from Fox News on Monday, and it was clear he didn't expect it on his show the Friday before when he said very casually and sincerely that he would see everyone back on Monday.

No reason was given for either firing, but both had recent harassment suits against them and Carlson was involved in the Dominion Lawsuit against Fox News that ended in a $787.5 million lawsuit.

The main difference: Carlson was by far the top-rated host on Fox News, while Lemon's ratings were in the toilet at CNN.

Radio and TV host Glenn Beck was the first to offer Carlson a job on his online streaming platform The Blaze, but it's extremely unlikely Beck could afford Carlson or that Carlson would move to the much-smaller network.


Lemon has not mentioned any other job offers, nor have any been mentioned by any other outlet.

At the time of his exit, his morning show with Poppy Harlowe and Kaitlan Collins was averaging 353,000 viewers and had actually lost 5% of its viewers since Lemon joined the show. Carlson was Fox News's highest-rated host and his show averaged 3.2 million viewers.

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