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Poppy Harlow, Kaitlan Collins Address Don Lemon Exit on CNN This Morning

“Don was one of my first friends here at CNN. I’m so thankful to have worked alongside him and for his support for nearly 15 years here, and I wish him all good things ahead.”

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In a surprising move, CNN fired Don Lemon Monday after he hosted the network’s morning show. Tuesday morning, anchors Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins addressed Lemon’s exit while wishing him well.

“As you may have heard, CNN parted ways with Don Lemon,” Harlow said before reading a statement from CNN CEO Chris Licht.

“Don was a big part of the show over the last six months. He was one of the first anchors on CNN to have me on his show,” said Collins. “That’s something I’ll obviously never forget.”

“Don was one of my first friends here at CNN. I’m so thankful to have worked alongside him and for his support for nearly 15 years here, and I wish him all good things ahead,” Harlow added. “Kaitlan and I are really proud of this show. We are so proud of the dedicated team that works around the clock to bring you the news every morning, and our priority is you, the viewer, who gratefully welcomes us into your home each morning.”

Lemon hosted a primetime program for CNN before shifting to the network’s revamped morning show last year. However, the ratings for CNN This Morning have struggled to gain traction against competitors Fox & Friends and MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

The 57-year-old Lemon had gone through a series of several high-profile issues since the move to mornings. He reportedly clashed with Harlow and Collins behind the scenes of the show, and was reported to have screamed at Collins during a commercial break of a November show that saw the anchor leave the set in tears. Lemon faced charges of “diva-like” behavior while working on the show.

It was also reported in recent days that guests had told bookers for the network they would rather appear on other CNN shows than the Lemon-hosted morning program.

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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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