Liberal CNN anchor Don Lemon is in denial about his recent demotion. After eight long years, the prime-time show “Don Lemon Tonight” has been canceled.
Lemon has been moved to a morning spot where he will co-anchor with two others.
“I was not demoted,” Lemon hilariously told viewers. “This is a promotion.”
Although morning shows can be popular, this change is certainly a massive demotion for Lemon who is losing his prime-time show in exchange for co-anchoring a morning slot.
Lemon said, “Look, has it been frustrating over the last couple of years having to deal with politics in the way it’s been dealt with in primetime? Yes. Was I tired of it? In some ways, yeah, it’s gotten old. I would be lying to you if I didn’t say that was a factor [in moving to mornings.].”
While Lemon claims he was simply “tired,” not everyone believes him.
As promised by incoming CNN boss Chris Licht, the network is making significant changes and moving in a new direction — with less bias.
Viewership has plummeted for the network as a growing number of people have criticized the network’s obvious bias and political agenda in its reporting.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 16, 2022
Licht has signaled that he is making major waves against blatant bias, anti-Trump personalities like Stelter. Licht is demanding that the liberal network become less partisan and stir away from the angry years seen during the presidency of Donald Trump.
If both on-air personalities and their programming doesn’t comply, they could be fired. Three sources familiar with the matter confirmed to Axios that on-air talent needs to adjust to a less partisan tone and strategy. If not, they could be ousted.
Licht reportedly wants to feature more personalities that are less polarizing. This approach is much different than former CNN president Jeff Zucker.
Zucker was accused of programming that engaged in disrespectful interviews and “PR stunts.” Under Zucker, producers and bookers focused less on nuance and mostly on noise.
CNN reported Lemon’s move as a new opportunity. Some believe they did it so he would not be in the limelight.
The format is different in the morning. It’s quick and does not give time to much back-and-forth conversation.
It was reported that new network management tasked network CEO Chris Licht with reestablishing CNN’s credibility.
This demotion for Lemon comes on the heels of CNN firing outspoken liberal host Brian Stelter.
A CNN spokesperson said, “CNN will end its ‘Reliable Sources’ program on Sunday, August 21st. As a result Brian Stelter will leave the company. We appreciate his contributions to the network and wish him well as he embarks on new endeavors.”