CNN’s farewell to Don Lemon was brief and to the point. Less than 24 hours after their former anchor’s final broadcast and just one day after Lemon was fired, the network gave the now ex–cohost a send–off that was over in less than a minute.
Kaitlan Collins and Poppy Harlow began Tuesday morning’s broadcast with a brief acknowledgement of Lemon’s termination, and Harlow read a statement from CNN CEO Chris Licht thanking Lemon for his contributions over the past 17 years.
“Don will forever be a part of the CNN family. We wish him well and we’ll be cheering him on in his future endeavors,” Harlow read.
Collins followed up by saying that Lemon had been the first to have her on his show, and that she would never forget that. Harlow then talked about Lemon being one of her first friends at the network.
“We wish him the best,” Harlow said before quickly pivoting back to the show and the news.
It’s no surprise that CNN would give Lemon such a brief and unceremonious farewell. After all, the network had recently faced criticism for Lemon’s missteps and rumors that he and his new morning show colleagues were not getting along.
It’s worth noting that while CNN has been quick to sever ties with Lemon, they have yet to address their decision to hire left–leaning news personalities, such as Chris Cuomo, who has been known to be both biased and dismissive of conservative views.
This double standard further proves that CNN leans heavily left and is not in the market for fair and balanced reporting. While the network may have said goodbye to Lemon, they have yet to address their left–leaning bias.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 25, 2023