The morning show on CNN has been rocked by a December outburst from co-host Don Lemon, according to a recent report. It’s no secret that tensions can run high in the media world, but this incident has taken it to a whole new level. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the reported argument between Lemon and co-host Kaitlan Collins and the potential fallout from the incident.
The New York Post reported that the argument occurred after the Dec. 8 broadcast of “CNN This Morning.” Lemon allegedly accused Collins of “interrupting” him during the show, according to an unnamed source. Fox News reported that during a segment on the release of WNBA star Britney Griner from a Russian prison, there were several instances when Collins sought to speak while Lemon was doing so. At one point, he wagged a finger at Collins and told her to “stand by one second.”
The Post reported that Lemon became “nasty” with her after the show. As a result, Lemon was urged to take the next day off after word of the blowup reached CNN boss Chris Licht. Instead of going together to the White House media Christmas party and meeting before the party for drinks, Lemon, Collins and fellow co-host Poppy Harlow all went separately.
The report quoted a source as saying Lemon thought of Collins and Harlow as “his backup dancers.” CNN has been trying to manage the situation in which Lemon, who prior to November had his own prime-time show, is now one of three co-hosts. Lemon has been given notes by producers “to not talk so much, to let other people talk,” according to the Post.
The incident has had a negative impact on the show’s ratings. In November, “CNN This Morning” averaged 454,000 total viewers. That dropped to 389,000 in December and then to 373,000 in January. A source close to Lemon and Licht said the flareup was part of the transition.
It’s clear that the incident between Lemon and Collins has had a ripple effect on the show and its ratings. We can only hope that the situation will improve and that the show can return to its former glory.
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