Anchor Don Lemon will return to work Wednesday after receiving formal training for his comments about Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley on “CNN This Morning,” network CEO Chris Licht said in an email to employees Monday night. .
Lemon has not been on the air since Thursday, when he said Haley, 51, was not “at her peak” during a discussion on “CNN This Morning” about the age of politicians. A woman, he said, was considered to be in her prime “in her 20s, 30s and maybe even 40s.”
Challenged by co-host Poppy Harlow, Lemon said: “Don’t shoot the messenger, I’m just saying what the facts are.”
“I sat down with Don and had a frank and meaningful conversation,” Licht wrote in a memo. “He has agreed to participate in formal training as well as to continue listening and learning. We take this situation very seriously,” CNN Business reported.
Lemon has since apologized, but he has been widely condemned, including Licht. According to The New York Times, Licht chastised Lemon during an editorial call on Friday, saying that his comments were “disturbing, unacceptable and inappropriate” and a “huge distraction”.
Lemon said, “When I make a mistake, I own up to it.” “And I own it too.”