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Chris Licht: The Don Lemon We Have in the Morning is Not The Don Lemon From Primetime

“The world has moved on from that, and Don has moved on from that. Don was the first to go, ‘I’m tired of having to set my hair on fire every night and I want to try something new.”

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During Semafor’s inaugural media summit in New York City, CNN CEO Christ Licht acknowledged Don Lemon’s polarizing reputation and indirectly criticized former CNN CEO Jeff Zucker for encouraging sensationalism. Licht, who assumed his position last year, has sought to tone down CNN’s far-left image and reduce spectacle.

Licht moved Lemon from primetime to host a new morning show, hoping to showcase a different side of the anchor. However, Lemon continues to generate negative headlines, such as his recent denial of a scandalous Variety report accusing him of threatening a colleague and exhibiting diva-like behavior.

“Don Lemon is a lightning rod because he came to prominence during an era where that was celebrated and encouraged in primetime. That was CNN’s primetime,” Licht said. “The world has moved on from that, and Don has moved on from that. Don was the first to go, ‘I’m tired of having to set my hair on fire every night and I want to try something new.”

Despite the move, Lemon has maintained his “lightning rod” status, creating trouble for CNN regularly. Licht referred to Lemon’s previous stint in CNN’s primetime lineup alongside Chris Cuomo, who was fired in 2021, where the two frequently expressed far-left political opinions.

Since its launch in November, “CNN This Morning” with Don Lemon has seen a decline in viewership each month, with an average of only 346,000 total viewers in the last month. In an attempt to boost ratings, Licht has changed CNN’s primetime lineup, but a permanent replacement for Chris Cuomo at the 9 p.m. ET spot has yet to be named. The network has tried filling the void with various specials, town halls, and guest hosts, but they have yet to achieve the desired ratings.

Licht commended the “incredible reporting” Lemon provided from Memphis and stated that this is the Don Lemon they want in the morning.

“The Don Lemon who is in Memphis, getting that incredible reporting, is the Don Lemon we have in the morning, not the one who was in primetime, and we both agree that that’s the Don Lemon we want,” added Licht. 

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FOX & Friends Host Lawrence Jones to Visit Diners to Speak with 2024 Presidential Voters

Jones will begin his Breakfast with Friends tour on Tuesday, April 23rd in suburban Grand Rapids.

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FOX & Friends co-host Lawrence Jones will spend three days in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic next week asking voters about the important issues of the 2024 presidential election.

Jones will begin his Breakfast with Friends tour on Tuesday, April 23rd in suburban Grand Rapids. Other stops will include suburban Milwaukee (Wednesday) and suburban Philadelphia (Thursday).

Joining FOX & Friends on a full-time basis in September of last year, Jones will be on location during the 6-9 AM ET window, which the show has led in the cable news ratings for more than two decades.

The full schedule includes:

TUESDAY, APRIL 23
The Nest Egg Café
6101 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale Charter Twp, MI

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24
Brunch It Up
18895 W Capitol Dr, Brookfield, WI

THURSDAY, APRIL 25
Eagle Diner
739 Street Rd, Warminster, PA

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Lawrence O’Donnell: Jesse Watters Proves ‘How Stupid You Can Be’ on Fox News

“Jesse Watters is the newest liar to occupy the 8 PM slot on Fox, the lying channel.”

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Former President Donald Trump parrotted a talking point from Fox News primetime host Jesse Watters. MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell took extreme displeasure with the situation.

During the jury selection for the first trial against Trump, a juror was asked if they believed that anyone was above the law. When they said no, Watters said “I don’t know about that,” before claiming it was an attempt to “rig this jury” with “undercover liberal activists”, which Trump cited Watters for unveiling.

On The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, the MSNBC host took Watters to task for what believed was a purposely inaccurate encapsulation.

“Jesse Watters is the newest liar to occupy the 8 PM slot on Fox, the lying channel,” O’Donnell began. “The previous occupant of the 8 p.m. slot had told so many of those lies, that even Fox decided they had to let him go. And the occupant before that one (Bill O’Reilly) … lost his job only after being exposed as a grievous serial sexual harasser at Fox.

“Jesse Watters is the same person who — last week — said publicly that he believed that the minimum wage produces an income of $100,000 a year in America. That’s how stupid you can be on Fox at 8 PM, or in the case of Jesse Watters, also at 5 PM.”

O’Donnell concluded by stating that Trump simply “rewrote” the lie from the Fox News host. He added that there is no evidence of any “undercover liberal activists” attempting to get on the jury.

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Dr. Jennifer Ashton Leaving ABC News to Launch New Company

Dr. Jennifer Ashton said that she received the support of ABC News President Kim Godwin and Networks Division leader Debra OConnell.

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ABC News is losing its Chief Medical Correspondent and co-host of GMA3, Dr. Jennifer Ashton.

When her contract expires in June, Ashton will leave the network to launch a new women’s wellness company, Ajenda, where she will serve as the CEO.

“Sometimes an important message needs the right messenger, and I feel like there is no more critical time in this country for women’s health, and for weight management,” Ashton told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re facing an obesity epidemic, and menopause and perimenopause and women’s health is literally in a spotlight like never before. And I want to be the messenger for those messages.

“And so I’m excited about finally having the opportunity to just devote 100 percent of my time and effort into that, and using the skills that I’ve learned from being at the number one network for 13 years, I think are going to be really vital in that.”

Dr. Jennifer Ashton added that she received the support of ABC News President Kim Godwin and Networks Division leader Debra OConnell.

“They both said to me, ‘Is there anything we can do to change your mind?’ And when I said there really isn’t, because I really feel strongly about doing this, they basically said you know, ‘we’re going to be behind you.’ And I think that’s really unusual in this business in this day,” she said.

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