Don Lemon fired from CNN following allegations he mistreated female colleagues


Don Lemon has been fired as a CNN anchor, he said on Monday, April 24.

Lemon reported the news on Twitter, claiming that his agent informed him that he was being fired.

"I am stunned," Lemon said. "After 17 years at CNN, I'd have thought someone in management would have had the decency to tell me directly."

The announcement comes after Variety published a report earlier this month alleging that he mistreated female employees during his time at CNN.

Also earlier this year, he drew controversy for highly condemned on-air statements.

According to a document obtained by NBC News on Monday, CNN CEO Chris Licht stated that the network and Lemon have "divorced."

"Don will forever be a part of the CNN family, and we thank him for his contributions over the past 17 years," according to the statement. "We wish him well and will be cheering him on in his future endeavors."

Lemon joined CNN in 2006 after anchoring at NBC Chicago and working as a correspondent for NBC News, the "TODAY" show, and "NBC Nightly News."

Lemon was initially chastised in February during a program on "CNN This Morning" when he said Republican presidential contender Nikki Haley, 51, was past her "prime." The remark was made while debating Haley's idea that applicants above the age of 75 be submitted to mental capacity tests.

"Nikki Haley isn't in her prime, I'm sorry," Lemon admitted. "When a woman is considered to be in her prime — in her 20s, 30s, and maybe 40s."

When co-anchor Poppy Harlow pressed Lemon, he warned her not to "shoot the messenger."

Following the public outcry to his statements, Lemon consented to participate in training, according to Licht. He also told Semafor earlier this month that CNN and Lemon had "moved on" from the situation.


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