On Monday, Don Lemon was accused by CNN of lying. The fired anchor had claimed that none of the network’s top executives had contacted him to inform him that he was no longer employed.
Lemon, who had a series of high-profile scandals during his final months at CNN, said earlier in the day that he was unaware of his dismissal.
“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,” CNN posted a statement on its PR team’s Twitter account.
Less than an hour after Lemon’s claim about his sudden exit, a statement was made which completely contradicted it. It was an intense rebuttal.
“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 the decency to tell me directly,” Lemon said on his Twitter account.
“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,” he continued. “It is clear that there are some larger issues at play.”
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.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) April 24, 2023
The initial statement from the network regarding Lemon’s departure was more respectful as it mentioned that both parties had decided to go their separate 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,” CNN said earlier in the day.
Last fall, Lemon was removed from the primetime lineup and assigned as a co-host for “CNN This Morning” show with Kaitlan Collins and Poppy Harlow, leading up to his eventual downfall.
In February, Lemon made a controversial statement about GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley not being in her “prime”, which was widely considered sexist and upset his co-hosts. Lemon apologized afterwards for his words.
A report by Variety has surfaced weeks later alleging that Don Lemon exhibited “diva-like” and misogynistic behavior during his time at CNN.
According to The Post, some CNN employees viewed Lemon as a significant distraction, and they are reportedly very pleased that he will no longer be working there.
CNN’s decision to end the association with Lemon was not based on a particular event, as per sources.
CNN management noticed that Lemon’s frequent outbursts and problematic conduct were not “getting better” and seemed to follow a consistent “pattern.”