Don Lemon Leaves Primetime For Morning Lineup

In yet another effort to save its tanking ratings and image, CNN has moved Don Lemon to its morning lineup.

Lemon who hosted his own 10 p.m. primetime show “Don Lemon Tonight” since 2014 will now be working the 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. slot with co-anchors Poppy Harlow, and Kaitlan Collins. The morning lineup is the result of new CEO Chris Licht who Lemon described as a “morning show empresario.”

“He wants a morning show that will kick off the editorial direction of the network every single day,” Lemon said. “And I am honored that he asked me to do it.”

Coming onboard as CEO, Licht directed Lemon to be less egregious in their partisanship and focus more on factual journalism to which Lemon completely defied in a show with Scott Jennings where Lemon aggressively argued his liberal viewpoints on the Sept. 1, 2022 speech by President Joe Biden.

Lemon defended his tirade with Jennings stating that it is an obligation as journalists to call out the extreme far right. He also laughed going into a commercial break and stated, “I am in a lot of trouble,” an obvious indication that he deliberately defied Licht’s order to be less partisan.

Licht already ousted some of the network’s voices most critical of former President Donald Trump. The list includes media reporter Brian Stelter, whose show “Reliable Sources” was canceled last month, as well as legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and political correspondent John Harwood.

Lemon’s show took a beating in the ratings with the lowest-ranked program in primetime in August, averaging 660,000 viewers to finish a distant third to Fox and MSNBC. Fox News’ Tucker Carlson reeled in the highest cable news primetime ratings in August with 3.3 million viewers to “Tucker Carlson Tonight” followed by “Hannity” with 2.9 million and “Jesse Watters Primetime” at 2.9 million viewers.

Lemon tried to dispel commentary that the move was due to his defiance to Licht “This is not someone saying, ‘You must move to the right Don Lemon.’ I was not demoted.”