CNN has undergone adjustments under new ownership in an effort to move away from political reporting and toward a more centrist style, and as a result, some CNN personalities have had to leave the network.
CNN White House Correspondent John Harwood left the news organization just hours after he praised President Joe Biden’s anti-MAGA Republican address on the CNN show, “New Day.” Since neither the network nor Harwood provided any information regarding his status, many speculated that the timing of his comments in support of President Biden’s divisive address may have contributed to his termination.
According to Harwood, who tweeted, “personal news: today’s my last day at CNN proud of the work thanks to my colleagues I’ve been lucky to serve the best in American media – St. Petersburg Times, WSJ, NYT, the NBC family, CNN look forward to figuring out what’s next.”
today's my last day at CNN
proud of the work
thanks to my colleagues
i've been lucky to serve the best in American media – St. Petersburg Times, WSJ, NYT, the NBC family, CNN
look forward to figuring out what's next
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) September 2, 2022
The highest level of achievement in broadcast news is believed to be hosting a prime-time program. This objective is seen as a starting point for other time slots and joining a broadcast team.
However, one CNN host insists he is progressing and getting better.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 16, 2022
CNN host Don Lemon has lost his night show and will shift to mornings as part of a host team as the current morning show “New Day” is being canceled, according to The Wrap. This is the network’s most recent shakeup.
According to a Thursday network announcement, Don Lemon will no longer host CNN’s evening primetime program and will instead co-anchor the network’s new morning program alongside Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins.
The conclusion of “Don Lemon Tonight” after eight years is marked by the launch of the new morning program later in the year with a new name, format, and set. In order to fill Lemon’s evening slot, which has consistently behind Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” in the ratings, CNN did not make any plans public.
Later this year, John Berman and Brianna Keilar, the network’s ratings-struggling “New Day” anchors, will transition to different positions at CNN.
On his show “Don Lemon Tonight” last month, he attempted to pass off the switch from having his own show in primetime to becoming a member of an ensemble group in the mornings as a “promotion.”
During the handoff between “CNN Tonight” host Laura Coates and Don Lemon, during which Coates stated, “Hey, Don Lemon – no, should I say good morning, Don Lemon?,” they had a conversation.
“I am exhausted. I just got back today. What a time to be on the plane when this happened, then I get off the plane and my phone literally was blowing up, it has been heated up all day. Let me just say that it’s bittersweet for me because I work with the best team in this building, one of the best teams in this business, and we built this show out of nothing. This show was not supposed to exist,” he said.
The host praised his team and clarified that switching to the mornings had not been ordered by management.
The host clarified, “This is not someone saying you must move to the right, Don Lemon, and give so much of your perspective. That is not real. This is fodder for Twitter. This is an opportunity. This is a promotion. This is an opportunity for me to create something around me and I get to work with two great ladies who you know.”
CNN host Don Lemon said goodbye to his viewers during his final prime-time broadcast, and he broke down when the final edition of his program aired, according to Conservative Brief.
On Friday, the last part of his show featured a video montage of his eight and a half years in the primetime schedule.
“I was not always perfect, because no one is perfect,” the host admitted. “There are immense pressures that come with this job and in particular this time slot at, 10:00 o’clock, when people are going to bed. So sometimes all I could do – I am going to be honest with you – was just smile and just get to the commercial break sometimes.”
“Sometimes, it was exhausting. Because some of the things that we discuss here are so personal and so consuming, all-consuming. So, I hope I made you proud. And I thank you for tuning in all these years. And I hope that you are going to join me in the morning,” he continued.
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“So I will simply say good night, and I will see you soon.
“All right, so I’m going to leave, and I am going to go upstairs,” the host said as he walked to a flight of stairs and began to sniffle.
— Don Lemon Tonight (@DonLemonTonight) October 8, 2022