U.S.A-based multinational news channel Cable News Network (CNN) has fired longtime host Don Lemon.
Don will forever be a part of the CNN family, and we thank him for his contributions over the past 17 years, said CNN CEO Chris Licht in a statement.
We wish him well and will be cheering him on in his future endeavors.
Lemon anchored CNN This Morning, which has been on air for nearly six months, with Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins.
Lemon put his foot in it in February when he told CNN viewers former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley was a poor option for the Republican presidential candidate, saying she was no longer in her prime.
His comments were condemned by both the left and the right as sexist.
Variety reported that the Haley incident was not a one-off, but instead highlighted Lemons history of hostility toward women in the workplace, as well as his ability to evade consequences.
The under-fire television anchor apologised for his remarks which he admitted were inartful and irrelevant, adding that he was committed to doing better going forward.
But there was no going forward. On Monday CNN fired Lemon.
Reacting on Twitter, Lemon said: “I was informed this morning by my agent that I have been terminated by CNN.
“I am stunned. After 17 years at CNN I would have thought someone in management would have had the decency to tell me directly”.
He added: “At no time was I ever given any indication that I would not be able to continue to do the work I have loved at the network.
“It is clear that there are some larger issues at play. With that said, I want to thank my colleagues and the many teams I have worked with for an incredible run.
“They are the most talented journalists in the business, and I wish them all the best.”
Meanwhile, People reports that Fox News has parted ways with host Tucker Carlson.
In a statement on Monday morning, Fox News said the network and Carlson “have agreed to part ways. We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor.”
Carlson’s last program was Friday.
Beginning Monday evening, the network will air Fox News Tonight as an interim show helmed by rotating Fox News personalities until a new host is determined.
Carlson featured prominently in the lawsuit brought against Fox News by voting equipment company Dominion Voting Systems.
The voting company recently settled with the network, but not before text messages and emails by Carlson and other network personalities were made public as part of court filings.