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President Donald Trump broke his silence on Don Lemon losing his primetime spot on CNN and being moved to a co-host role in the mornings.
Trump said, “They call me a “rating machine.” Don Lemon was also a rating machine – in reverse. He killed ratings, ate them alive, and always will. If he interviewed Elvis, back from the dead, nobody would watch.”
“Add him to the list of Joe Scarborough and his lovely, soothing bride. They are in the “can” also, but now can compete against “the dumbest man on television.” Should help them a lot! A small step for television, a giant step for mankind.”
He continued, “Don Lemon often called “the dumbest man on television” having made even Lebron James look smart during their interview two years ago, has been FIRED from his prime time evening spot on CNN – extremely low ratings – and will be thrown into their “Death Valley” morning show.”
“I assume this means a BIG salary cut prior to his Complete & Total future firing from Ratings Challenged (to put it mildly!) CNN. Good luck Don, you’ll need it,” he said.
Don Lemon will be moving to 6 a.m. now as a part of a new morning show. He will be joined by Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins.
“This demonstrates our commitment to the morning and how important it is to me,” CNN’s new boss Chris Licht said.
“The show will set the tone of the entire day, and it will set the tone for the news organization.”
Licht is also still looking for a permanent host to fill the 9 p.m. role that Chris Cuomo had before he was fired. He now has to also fill Don Lemon’s spot.
Lemon said, “I was honestly floored when Chris Licht asked me to do this, and I’m honored by his belief in me.”
Harlow said, “Don has been one of my closest friends for more than a decade — there for every milestone along the way.”
She added, “I’m consistently in awe of Kaitlan’s reporting and the remarkable woman she is. I can’t wait to laugh with them and learn from them each morning.”
Collins also said, “I can’t wait to wake with our viewers and do the news every day.”
“So pour a cup of coffee and join us.”
CNN has been shaking up its network after new management came in.
Major stockholder John Malone is also quietly behind many of the decisions being made at CNN.
John Malone denied that he was involved in getting rid of Brian Stelter, but he has said that he thinks CNN needs to change its direction.
“I would like to see CNN evolve back to the kind of journalism that it started with, and actually have journalists, which would be unique and refreshing,” Malone said during an interview with CNBC last November.