More changes are taking place at CNN. Don Lemon has been taken out of primetime and will now co-host a morning show on the network.
This is th latest big change since the departures of Brian Stelter and John Harwood.
Don Lemon’s primetime show had awful ratings so it’s not that surprising that they cut it.
The New York Post reports:
CNN axes Don Lemon from primetime, moves him to morning show in anchor shakeup
Ratings-challenged CNN will reshuffle the deck chairs on the slowly sinking network, pushing out left-leaning primetime host Don Lemon from his plum solo slot to a newly created morning team, boss Chris Licht announced Thursday.
Lemon will join Kaitlan Collins and Poppy Harlow to replace current “New Day” hosts John Berman and Brianna Keilar.
Licht’s long-anticipated move to drop Lemon from prime time comes after new corporate overlord Warner Bros. Discovery pledged to shift CNN away from opinion-based shows to more centrist reporting of the news. Last month, the network canned Brian Stelter, the outspoken host of the now-canceled “Reliable Sources.”
Lemon — who often espoused his liberal opinions on his 10 p.m. show “Don Lemon Tonight” — helmed the lowest-ranked program in primetime in August, averaging 660,000 viewers to finish a distant third to Fox and MSNBC.
People are talking about this on Twitter.
CNN has demoted Don Lemon from an evening show that no one watched to a morning show that no one will watch. https://t.co/YLIlDFHtKB
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 15, 2022
CNN new morning show announced: Don Lemon, Poppy Harlow, Kaitlin Collins. Head-scratcher. Lemon has already been rejected by audiences in prime. Collins is a White House correspondent, not a morning host. Numbers will look similar after the show settles in.
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) September 15, 2022
BREAKING: CNN host Don Lemon loses Primetime show, Morning show "New Day" to be cancelled and Lemon moved to mornings as part of a host team. Major demotion for the propagandist.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) September 15, 2022
How long will Lemon last in this spot?