'Bad day to be a misogynist': Nikki Haley, Megyn Kelly and others react to Don Lemon's termination from CNN
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Celebrities are criticizing former CNN anchor and host Don Lemon soon after news of his firing broke on Monday, April 24, 2023. One of them included Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley, who seized the opportunity to fundraise for her 2024 campaign.
On Monday, Lemon tweeted, "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 that someone in management would have had the decency to tell me directly. 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."
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'A great day'
Haley seized the opportunity to attack Lemon after he made comments weeks ago that the 51-year-old was no longer "in her prime". "A great day for women everywhere. Now, let’s get men out of women’s sports. #StillInMyPrime," the former South Carolina governor said on Twitter.
A great day for women everywhere. Now, let's get men out of women’s sports. #StillInMyPrime https://t.co/u1KKBf4JRT pic.twitter.com/bLJXUSixkS— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) April 24, 2023
'He’s got a right to complain'
Meanwhile, talk show host Megyn Kelly commented on Lemon's termination and appeared to support him after he claimed that he was fired without any prior notice. "No, no, he’s, he’s not wrong," Kelly, 52, said during the Monday, April 24 episode of SiriusXM’s 'The Megyn Kelly Show'. "I mean, everybody knows I’m not exactly Don Lemon’s fan, but he’s not wrong … if that’s true."
The host noted that if Lemon, 57, "was just told by his agent he was fired and [the network] didn’t have the balls to tell him man to man. I mean, that’s just classless." She added, "He’s got a right to complain about that."
However, the network said that his description of his termination was not accurate. "Don Lemon’s statement about this morning’s events is inaccurate," read a tweet shared by the network’s communications team on Monday, April 24. "He was offered an opportunity to meet with management but instead released a statement on Twitter," the network added.
Don Lemon’s statement about this morning’s events is inaccurate. He was offered an opportunity to meet with management but instead released a statement on Twitter.— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) April 24, 2023
'A bad day to be a misogynist'
TV personality Meghan McCain wasn't shy about her reaction to the major change. "It's a bad day to be a misogynist on cable man…" McCain wrote on Twitter in response to the news that Lemon was terminated from CNN.
It’s a bad day to be a misogynist on cable man…— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) April 24, 2023
'This is called being past your prime'
People online were quick to react to the news as well. "I guess you’ve gotten away with so much, you’re shocked by consequences,” one person tweeted. "This is called being past your prime," wrote one of many who were quick to use Lemon’s own words against him.
I guess you've gotten away with so much, you're shocked by consequences.https://t.co/ZCZ2PEYvff https://t.co/nwwwdPuiqw pic.twitter.com/QqT42howSl— Rio Slade (@RioSlade) April 24, 2023
This is called being past your prime. https://t.co/RxKjtbaTED— Zack Brown (@ZackBrownDC) April 24, 2023
Others, however, were saddened by Lemon’s firing. The longtime CNN anchor received a wave of support from netizens who vowed to continue following his career. "Welp, @CNN … you just lost ME as a viewer!! This is really the last straw for me. If you can’t show loyalty to your longtime staff, then don’t expect your longtime viewers to remain loyal to you! I’m so sorry Don!! Stay strong!!!" one person tweeted. "You were one of my inspirations for becoming a journalist. I wish you the best, and where ever you go, I will always tune in," another person wrote.
WHAT!?!? WOWWWW. That’s disgusting!! Welp, @CNN … you just lost ME as a viewer!! This is really the last straw for me. @CNN If you can’t show loyalty to your longtime staff, then don’t expect your longtime viewers to remain loyal to you!— Rebecca Hannah Deutsch (@beccawithlove) April 24, 2023
I’m so sorry Don!! Stay strong!!!❤️
You were one of my inspirations for becoming a journalist. I wish you the best, and where ever you go, I will always tune in.— Jazari Kual (@JazariKual) April 24, 2023
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