As WLTReport noted earlier, long-time personality Don Lemon is leaving 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. 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," Lemon said in a statement posted to social media.
— Don Lemon (@donlemon) April 24, 2023
Is there something Don Lemon isn't being truthful about?
According to a tweet from CNN, Lemon's statement is "inaccurate."
"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 tweeted.
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
Who's being truthful about the events that transpired between CNN and Don Lemon?
Although, this tweet is quite hilarious.
It’s ironic that this is the first time they’ve called him out for lying.
— David Johnson (@DavidDJohnson) April 24, 2023
Other Twitter users commented:
CNN accusing Don Lemon of lying.
The lawsuit that he brings against them - the one he's already implying he will - is going to be awesome. https://t.co/fLaYPYJUFP
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 24, 2023
CNN paid Don Lemon to lie for 17 years. Why would they expect something different now. https://t.co/EWMfl1st62
— John Curtis (@Johnmcurtis) April 24, 2023
CNN's PR Dept just admitted one of their top hosts for the past 17 years is a liar
Not such a great PR move, guys! https://t.co/tTtZfIH8kb
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) April 24, 2023
In a statement of his own, Lemon said his agent told him Monday morning that CNN had terminated him.
“I am stunned,” Lemon said, arguing that management did not have “the decency” to inform him of his firing 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,” Lemon added
CNN rebutted Lemon, calling his version of events “inaccurate.”
“He was offered an opportunity to meet with management but instead released a statement on Twitter,” the network said in a statement.
Lemon joined CNN in September 2006. Prior to “CNN This Morning,” Lemon hosted the prime-time show “Don Lemon Tonight” for more than eight years. He gained significant fame during the presidency of Donald Trump for his no-holds-barred commentary about the former president, pushing back against his lies and calling him a “racist.”
He was widely criticized for sexist comments he made on “CNN This Morning” in February. During an on-air discussion about Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley’s proposal that older politicians take competency tests, Lemon argued that the 51-year-old Haley “isn’t in her prime.”
Lemon said a woman is only “considered to be in their prime in 20s and 30s and maybe 40s.” Co-anchors Harlow and Collins pushed back, but Lemon doubled down on his point.
Licht later sent a memo to CNN staff, calling the comments “unacceptable.” Licht said he had a “frank” conversation with Lemon, who apologized and was set to participate in formal training sessions.