According to a new report, CNN management became “exasperated” after Don Lemon’s heated on-air argument with Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy. As a result, the cable news network fired him on April 24.
On the set of “CNN This Morning” on Wednesday of last week, Lemon and Ramaswamy got into a heated argument that was aired on television. According to the New York Times, Lemon was fired as a result of the incident.
In the footage of the interview, it appears producers were attempting to advise Lemon through the heated debate as Lemon was visibly irritated during the conversation with Ramaswamy on the Civil Rights movement, black Americans and the Second Amendment.
“Please, I cannot keep a thought if you guys are talking in my ear,” he said at one point during the segment, referring to producers who were advising him on his earpiece while he was having the interview.
Lemon, who is black, had said it was “Insulting” that the Republican presidential candidate was “sitting here, whatever ethnicity you are, explaining to me what it’s like to be black in America.”
The televised clash was the latest story about Lemon to make waves following a series of recent headlines about his allegedly troubling behavior.
One of his most notable errors was his comments about Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley being “past her prime” at age 51. He added that “a woman is considered to be in her prime in her 20s and 30s and maybe 40s” in a statement that was called out as sexist by people on all sides.
He reportedly belittled anchor Kaitlan Collins after having to share the spotlight with her and quarreled with his female co-hosts.
After an on-air discussion in December of last year, sources told The Post that Lemon “screamed” at his co-anchor, Kaitlan Collins.
When the cameras stopped rolling after the Dec. 8 show, he allegedly approached Collins and unleashed on her in front of staffers for supposedly “interrupting” him on air.
“Don screamed at Kaitlan, who was visibly upset and ran out of the studio,” one source said.
On Tuesday, April 25, Ramaswamy said in an interview with Fox News Digital that he believed it was obvious that their on-air argument “played a role” in CNN’s choice to fire Lemon.
“I think that any network that wants to foster open debate should embrace that principle by not restricting what someone can say or saying what someone can say is restricted based on their skin color,” Ramaswamy told the outlet. “And I think they made the right decision here.”
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