After a long period of low ratings, CNN has opted to change their tone. Part of that change was replacing numerous anchors, but long time employee Don Lemon appears to have survived,
However, the Don Lemon Tonight weekday prime-time anchor has been placed on notice, Radar has been told.
As the Chris Licht era of the ratings starved network begins to take shape, after the firing of Brian Stelter and Jeffrey Toobin, many had expected the changes to ensnare Lemon.
But Lemon has received the backing of the cable giant’s chairman and chief executive officer, we’re told.
“Don has been told he’s safe,” a source told RadarOnline.com.
“But, like many, he has been left under no illusions that he cannot use the airwaves of CNN to spout opinion and be a bugle of the liberal set. Don was reminded CNN is a bipartisan news network like no other.
“The message was delivered loud and clear: if he wants to do liberal opinion, he should try and get a job at MSNBC.”
Last week, Lemon flip-flopped on the Licht regime at CNN when he was asked on Comedy Central’s Hell Of A Week by host Charlamagne Tha God whether he’d been told to dial it down.
“So, let me just say I don’t think that’s exactly what Chris is saying,” Lemon said.
“I think that’s a narrative that’s been placed in the media. I think what Chris wants to do is to be able to have Republicans and Democrats and whatever your political stance is on CNN so that you can be accountable and that you can answer for it.”
The interview was said to have “irked” Licht who used it to quietly caution Lemon that he “didn’t want his on-air talent discussing internal matters outside of CNN headquarters,” the source said.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Licht delivered the pink slip to Stelter, who ran the Sunday morning show Reliable Sources into a grave, on Wednesday.
The axe fell on Stelter and Reliable Sources less than a week after he also axed Toobin, the network’s longtime legal analyst who was infamously caught masturbating in front of colleagues.
“CNN will end its Reliable Sources program on Sunday, August 21. 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,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement.
Licht became CNN’s new boss in May following the ousting of his predecessor, Jeff Zucker, who as RadarOnline.com exposed, had carried on an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate.
Lemon is trash and, as such, represents cnn well!
How about getting rid of all the mouthpieces for the Democrats and actually have real journalists then maybe people will watch but I don’t see that happening
Don Lemon is a Black Racist PO$, so CNN is scared to fire Him. It would be better if He got run over, by a truck, driven by a Illegal
Can’t fix radicals, can’t fix racist and you can’t fix people who have an agenda to destroy their very own country which leads me to…you can’t fix stupid. All for their reality show disguised as journalism. Fame and money.
CNN will just be like “The View’—a bunch of wild-eyed libs who will attack conservative guests and who don’t care about balance or neutrality; in short, nothing will change, unfortunately.
Lemon needs to go, he won’t change, and his smirk response is a good indication. What he will do is taunt CNN, hedging very close to what he has been doing, while keeping his foot on the other side of the Licht line. He’s probably setting up CNN so when he does leave, he’ll be taking a big fat hefty payout to get out of their hair.