According to Variety Don Lemon is leaving CNN after 17 years of pushing boundaries.
The anchor, who has become one of the Warner Bros. Discovery network’s most popular faces, announced on social media Monday that he had been ousted from CNN.
“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. 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. It is clear that there are some larger issues at play,” Lemon said. “With that said, 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.”
CNN softened it up a bit according to NBC:
CNN CEO Chris Licht said that the network and Lemon have “parted ways,” according to a memo posted on CNN’s official communications Twitter account.
“Don will forever be a part of the CNN family, and we thank him for his contributions over the past 17 years,” the statement said. “We wish him well and will be cheering him on in his future endeavors.”
— Don Lemon (@donlemon) April 24, 2023
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 24, 2023
First Tucker Carlson, now Don, what is in the air on this good Monday?
Don Lemon and Tucker Carlson at the unemployment office pic.twitter.com/Eb9fA6wq69
— damn st. nicholas (@TylerTexas19) April 24, 2023
This is a developing story.