Don Lemon is receiving “formal training” after the CNN anchor made disparaging comments about presidential candidate Nikki Haley, network CEO Chris Licht said in an email to employees.
“We take this situation very seriously,” Licht wrote in the Monday memo, which was obtained by the Associated Press. “I sat down with Don and had a frank and meaningful conversation.”
CNN pulled Lemon from the air after he said on Thursday that Haley is “not in her prime,” arguing that “a woman is considered to be in her prime in her 20s and 30s and maybe 40s.”
“I’m just saying what the facts are. Google it,” Lemon added.
Licht wrote in his memo that he wanted to foster a “culture in which people can own, learn, and grow from their mistakes.”
Licht last week said there will be “recourse” if Lemon keeps saying “stupid things” on air, a source told the New York Post. The source said “Chris isn’t happy” and “Don knows it can’t happen again.”
Haley responded last week to Lemon’s remarks, saying “it’s always the liberals who are the most sexist.”
CNN and Licht have not disclosed what Lemon’s training entails.
Lemon expressed “regret” about his comments on Thursday.
“The reference I made to a woman’s ‘prime’ this morning was inartful and irrelevant,” Lemon wrote. The comments resulted in bipartisan calls for his firing.
Since then, New York congressman George Santos (R.) canceled a scheduled interview with Lemon over the comments.
“We heard the comments and it was in very poor taste and we did not wish to do a sit-down with someone who could speak ill of women in that regard,” a Santos spokesperson said.
It was not the first issue Lemon caused on the months-old morning show with cohosts Kaitlan Collins and Poppy Harlow. Lemon allegedly screamed at Collins off-air in December, leaving her “visibly upset,” a source told the Post. Lemon also recently argued with his cohosts over compensation differences between men’s and women’s soccer teams.
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