Longtime CNN anchor Don Lemon has been fired from the cable network. Lemon Tweeted this morning, “I was informed this morning by my agent that I have been terminated by CNN”. He continued, “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.” The network confirmed in a statement that they had “parted ways” with Lemon. “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 said. But in a follow-up statement, the network disputed Lemon’s account of the events, saying he was “offered an opportunity to meet with management but instead released a statement on Twitter.” Lemon’s firing came the same day that Fox News and Tucker Carlson parted ways in a major shakeup for CNN’s rival network. Could these two shocking firings be related?
The believed reason for this firing Lemon was discussing Haley’s comments that there should be a mental competency test for any politician over age 75. While discussing her remarks, Lemon said that the former South Carolina governor, who is 51, wasn’t “in her prime.” Lemon said that a Google search would show that a woman is in her prime at the ages he mentioned. His remarks were widely viewed as sexist, and he later apologized, saying they were “inartful and irrelevant.” Even with an apology, it seems CNN was not happy with this sexism scandal and had enough of Lemon pushing the boundaries.