DON Lemon was reportedly removed from the Monday segment of CNN This Morning amid discussions about the host’s offensive comments about women.
The reporter was forced to apologize to CNN staffers on Friday after making controversial comments about Nikki Haley, women and aging.
Lemon sparked outrage after stabbing former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, claiming that women only have a specific window to being “in their prime”.
Lemon, 56, specifically said that Haley, 51, who announced her bid for the 2024 presidential race on Wednesday, is no longer in her prime.
“Nikki Haley is not in her prime, I’m sorry. A woman is considered to be in her 20s and 30s and maybe in her 40s.”
Lemon quickly took to Twitter to apologize for his comments.
“The reference I made this morning to a woman’s ‘best time’ was clumsy and irrelevant, as colleagues and family have pointed out, and I regret it,” the tweet began.
The veteran TV personality also faced backlash from her boss and colleagues, according to reports from The Daily Beast’s Confider.
“There are ongoing discussions about Don’s future,” a person familiar with the matter told Confider. “He’s a constant distraction.”
Lemon’s boss also expressed great disappointment with the moderator’s choice of words.
“His comments were disturbing, unacceptable and unfair to his co-hosts and ultimately a huge distraction from the great work of this organization,” CNN CEO Chris Licht told the newsroom at 9 a.m. Friday.
“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt anyone. I didn’t mean to offend anyone,” Lemon said on the call.
On the same day, Lemon was absent from his regular seat on CNN This Morning.
During Friday’s broadcast, former NPR journalist Audie Cornish filled in for him.
While he was off the air, Lemon was spotted relaxing on the beach with his husband.
Now he seems to have even more time for vacation.
According to a CNN anchor schedule obtained by Confider, Lemon was scheduled to anchor this morning alongside co-hosts Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins on Monday.
However, a new on-air lineup schedule sent out by CNN management revealed Lemon was dropped from the schedule.
The show is being posted by Poppy Harlow and Sara Sidner in New York with Kaitlan Collins in Poland.
CNN did not immediately respond to the US Sun’s request for comment.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7439255/don-lemon-to-miss-cnns-this-morning-monday/ Don Lemon misses CNN’s This Morning Show after being called a “constant distraction” while his future is debated