By Andrea Cavallier For Dailymail.Com
23:22 19 Feb 2023, up to date 12:33 20 Feb 2023
Don Lemon won’t seem on CNN This Morning on Monday as a result of he is taking the President’s Day vacation off work following his controversial feedback about Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley being ‘previous her prime.’
The 56-year-old anchor was set to be again on the present tomorrow with co-hosts Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins – however opted to take the vacation, CNN spokesperson informed DailyMail.com.
Lemon got here beneath fireplace when he made ‘sexist’ feedback on Thursday’s present when discussing Haley’s suggestion that politicians 75 and older ought to face psychological competency assessments.
CNN’s Chairman Chris Licht slammed Lemon’s remarks as ‘upsetting, unacceptable and unfair to his co-hosts, and in the end an enormous distraction to the nice work of this group.’
Lemon, whose absence from tomorrow’s present was first reported by The Day by day Beast, was additionally not on the present on Friday, however joined a CNN editorial name from Miami the place he apologized to workers for his feedback.
Dornic wrote in an e-mail on Sunday: ‘I assumed he was coming again tomorrow however he takes the vacation.’
Monday’s present shall be anchored by Harlow and Sara Sidner in New York with Collins in Poland for President Joe Biden’s go to. However Lemon’s future at CNN appears to be hanging on by a thread.
‘There are ongoing conversations about Don’s future,’ an individual acquainted with the matter informed Confider. ‘He is a continuing distraction.’
Lemon’s feedback reportedly left many workers unimpressed, and angered many viewers when he provided his opinion about when he believes a lady is in her prime.
‘Nikki Haley is not in her prime, sorry,’ he had mentioned on the present. ‘A girl is taken into account to be of their prime in 20s and 30s and perhaps 40s.’
However Lemon was noticed in Miami on Friday washing off the criticism by enjoyable together with his associate Tim Mahone at $2,000-a night time luxurious seashore resort Faena.
Lemon was changed for the day by Audie Cornish, because the present prevented acknowledging the feedback he made the day earlier than regardless of rising requires him to be squeezed out.
‘His remarks had been upsetting, unacceptable, and unfair to his co-hosts, and in the end an enormous distraction to the nice work of this group,’ Licht informed staffers on Friday morning, in response to a readout of the decision obtained by Confider.
Lemon mentioned on the decision: ‘I am sorry. I did not imply to harm anybody. I didn’t imply to offend anybody.’
However in response to RadarOnline.com, Lemon’s co-workers have slammed him for having a ‘colossal ego’ and imagine he is plotting to leap ship.
‘He has a colossal ego and he is the sort of one that goes round saying he isn’t going to take the autumn for his present flopping, it isn’t his fault and the community’s tanking, and so they should not have pushed him out of his primetime slot,’ an inside informed RadarOnline.
‘The rankings are means down, the brand new boss is implementing robust new guidelines, and nobody is pleased. All these folks had been pampered with perks and pats on the again till now and rapidly Don, Wolf Blitzer and others are at some extent of ‘yikes, we’re in bother,’ the insider added.
Tensions on the community have continued to rise since Licht arrived and insiders imagine Lemon – and different high anchors – know they might be ousted if rankings do not enhance.
‘Don nonetheless thinks very extremely of himself and he is persevering with to place feelers out elsewhere, although it should be a troublesome promote,’ the insider mentioned. ‘No person’s going to need Don or any of his depressing co-workers with these unhealthy rankings trailing after them.’
Final week, insiders informed DailyMail.com that Lemon is ‘impolite, self-righteous and clearly sexist’, including that ‘his apology meant nothing.’
They mentioned: ‘Don has been skating on skinny ice for therefore lengthy and plenty of needed him fired in December when he freaked out on Kaitlin Collins for no cause. She was in tears and it was so inappropriate.
No matter his political affiliation, his feedback that Nikki Haley being previous her prime had been disgusting. Poppy was fuming, as she needs to be, and nonetheless is.
‘He’s impolite, self-righteous and clearly sexist. Nikki did the fitting factor by calling him out.
‘His apology meant nothing and there’s a lot strain for him to be canned. It could be a shock if he wasn’t.’
Collins was additionally fast to sing the praises of Cornish, her co-host for a day, by posting an image of them collectively on her Instagram.
Harlow, Lemon and Collins had been discussing Haley’s proposal throughout a speech on Wednesday the place she introduced her run for president.
Lemon, who’s 5 years older than Haley, 51, mentioned the politician ought to tread frivolously on the subject as a result of ‘a lady is of their prime in 20s and 30s and perhaps 40s.’
Haley herself responded to Lemon’s feedback, saying: ‘It is at all times the liberals who’re probably the most sexist’ in a tweet with a clip of the video phase.
Lemon apologized for his feedback on Thursdays present, and tweeted: ‘The reference I made to a lady’s ‘prime’ this morning was inartful and irrelevant, as colleagues and family members have identified, and I remorse it.
‘A girl’s age would not outline her both personally or professionally. I’ve numerous girls in my life who show that day by day.’
A livid Harlow reportedly stormed off the set following the ‘sexist’ change on Thursday, sources informed the New York Put up.
Harlow took a ‘properly timed’ rest room break and was adopted into the toilet by Kaitlan Collins – with the supply including the tense relationship has been ‘smoldering for months’.
Collins had her personal run-in along with her fellow host, who was seen on digital camera repeatedly interrupting her all through the present on December 8.
Lemon allegedly made Collins run from the set in tears on after he berated her in entrance of the tv crew and their different co-host.
Because the incident, Lemon has been despatched to Memphis and on different assignments, whereas Collins labored remotely from Washington DC on a number of events in January.
CNN This Morning has suffered a rankings bomb and early final month skilled its least-viewed week since launch, averaging simply over 330,000 viewers.