Don Lemon has been “moping around” CNN and playing “the victim,” a new leak from network insiders has revealed.
Lemon caused a national backlash over his repeated anti-women statements, on and off the air.
The embattled feels like he’s being “ganged up on” by his co-anchors Poppy Harlow & Kaitlin Collins, RadarOnline.com is reporting.
Sources told Radar: “Don is acting like he’s the victim.
“He is very quiet behind the scenes.
“He is moping around the joint like he’s the one who has been wronged.
“Poppy and Kaitlin have buddied up and the bond between them is stronger than ever.
“While they have publicly taken Don at his word that he is truly sorry about what he said, the reality is that the relationship between the three of them had been fractured for many weeks before.
“Poppy and Kaitlin had private discussions about the situation and are both on the same page.
“There is a movement rising inside CNN and it isn’t in support of Don.
“There is a lot to be said about the strength of two women who have risen through the ranks.
“It is not that they don’t like Don—they do, and they don’t find him entirely offensive—but they also realize the power of their positions,” Radar reported.
Lemon previously said on air that GOP 2024 candidate Nikki Haley is “not in her prime.”
The statement caused a massive backlash and put his job at risk.
“This whole talk about age makes me uncomfortable,” Lemon said.
“I think it’s the wrong road to go down.
“She says people, you know, politicians are suddenly not in their prime.
“Nikki Haley isn’t in her prime, sorry.
“When a woman is in their prime in her 20s and 30s and maybe 40s.”
“What are you talking — Wait…,” Harlow interrupted.
“That’s not according to me,” Lemon responded.
“Prime for what?” Harlow said, clearly outraged by the comment.
“It depends. It’s just like, prime. If you look it up.
“If you Google when is a woman in her prime, it’ll say 20s, 30s, 40s,” Lemon said.
“Forties! Oh my God, I have another decade,” Harlow said.
“I’m not saying I agree with that,” Lemon said, stumbling as he backtracked.
“So I think she has to be careful about saying that, you know, politicians are in their prime.”
“Are you talking about prime for, like, childbearing?” Harlow pressed.
“Or are you talking about prime for being president?”
Lemon said: “Don’t shoot the messenger, I’m just saying what the facts are. Google it.
“Everybody at home, when is a woman in her prime? It says 20s, 30s and 40s.
“I’m just saying Nikki Haley should careful about saying that politics are not in their prime, and they need to be in their prime when they serve.
“She would not be in her prime according to Google or whatever it is.”
Don Lemon: “Nikki Haley isn’t in her prime. Sorry, when a woman is considered to be in her prime in her 20s, and 30s, and maybe 40s…”
Poppy Harlow: “Are you talking about prime for like child bearing?”
“Don’t shoot the messenger! I’m just saying what the facts are! Google it!” pic.twitter.com/n1HmtkWTpl
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) February 16, 2023
Lemon later issued a half-baked apology:
“The reference I made to a woman’s ‘prime’ this morning was inartful and irrelevant, as colleagues and loved ones have pointed out, and I regret it.
“A woman’s age doesn’t define her either personally or professionally.
“I have countless women in my life who prove that every day.”
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