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Don Lemon claims covering politics in primetime gig had ‘gotten outdated’

CNN anchor Don Lemon revealed Thursday that he felt the political focus of his nixed primetime present had gotten stale previous to his transfer to the struggling cable community’s revamped morning present.

Lemon, who is about to function co-host of the brand new “CNN This Morning” starting Nov. 1, mentioned he grew “tired” of the politically charged nature of primetime information.

“I would be lying to you if I didn’t say that was a factor,” Lemon told Semafor in an interview printed Wednesday.

The left-leaning anchor was recognized for incessantly focusing on former President Donald Trump in nightly monologues.

“Look, has it been frustrating over the last couple of years having to deal with politics in the way it’s been dealt with in primetime? Yes. Was I tired of it? In some ways, yeah it’s gotten old,” Lemon instructed the outlet. “But I also think we were transitioning to a different time.”

Lemon famous modifications in the information cycle because the warfare in Ukraine supplanted Trump mania as CNN’s essential subject of dialog in primetime, including he “was ready to move on and I think the audience is ready to move on as well.”

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Don Lemon mentioned he grew bored with the political focus of his primetime present.
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The 56-year-old anchor couldn’t resist taking one other shot at Trump, telling Semafor the previous president “didn’t have the courage” to undergo an interview on his primetime present, “Don Lemon Tonight.”

Lemon is shifting from primetime to mornings as CNN President Chris Licht leads an overhaul on the community. Licht and high brass at WarnerBros. Discovery try to shift the community towards centrist information protection fairly than the opinion-based programming that has seen its rankings crater.

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“Don Lemon Tonight” lately aired its final present.
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Lemon denied the community’s nudging beneath new management has been “uncomfortable” and expressed help for Licht’s imaginative and prescient.

“I really like Chris. When I read stories about what’s happening at CNN and about Chris and what he’s doing, I think it’s unfair,” Lemon mentioned. “I think people should give him a chance. Everyone has a new vision when they come in as a new boss. Let’s see what his vision is and how it plays out.”

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CNN is in the midst of large shakeup.
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The nixed “Don Lemon Tonight” struggled with low rankings previous to CNN’s shakeup. Despite shedding a coveted primetime gig, Lemon has insisted his shift to mornings is a “promotion.”

Lemon is about to host “CNN This Morning” alongside fellow anchors Kaitlin Collins and Poppy Harlow. The present will air weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

He additionally offered a glimpse into how he plans to strategy his new gig, telling Semafor that he’ll “be wearing what I wear in my normal everyday life” to replicate the extra casual atmosphere.

“I’m just going to be myself. It seems to have worked for the past however many decades in the business,” Lemon mentioned. “I’m really not concerned about the ratings. I’m concerned about making it the best morning show possible and appealing to multiple demographics and people who are interested in other things than raw, tribal politics.”

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