(TStarnes) – Some female staff members have reportedly given CNN an ultimatum: Either the left-leaning cable network fires TV host Don Lemon, or they will quit.
Lemon, co-host of “CNN This Morning” with Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins, has not been on the air since Thursday, when he said former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who announced her candidacy for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination that day, was “past her prime” at age 51.
The Daily Mail reported Monday, citing an unnamed source, that if Lemon, 56, who has since apologized, isn’t fired, others have threatened to quit.
“People are hurt by his actions and are not going to let this go,” the source said, according to The Daily Mail. “It is like every woman over 50 in America has taken this as a personal insult. The female staffers at CNN definitely have. He needs to make his vacation a permanent one.”
The Daily Mail cited another source who disputed reports that Lemon is being forced to resign. The report, though, cited CNN “insiders” who are adamant about Lemon being fired because the network has been “flooded like a tidal wave” with offended loyal viewers.
“There is not one person at CNN who thinks that he should remain on air,” an insider told The Daily Mail. “He knows how badly he screwed up and he also knows that he cannot talk his way out of this one. His apology meant nothing.”
Lemon’s comments came during a discussion about Haley’s proposal to have mental competency tests for elected politicians age 75 and older.