The network’s chief White House correspondent will co-anchor the show with Bobby Harlow, who has been in control of the fort since Lemmon was abruptly fired in April and Collins moved into a lead role.
CNN eavesdropped Phil Mattingly To replace without a lemon And Caitlan Collins on CNN this morning After the show saw two of its three co-hosts relocate within weeks of each other. The show will dock side by side Poppy Harlow.
Mattingly, 37, was named CNN’s chief White House correspondent in late 2022, replacing Collins after she moved to New York to launch CNN this morning. He’ll now follow in her footsteps again, bringing his political background—which includes covering the White House, Capitol Hill, Department of Justice, and presidential campaigns—to the show every morning.
It will open to the public in December On the challenges of covering politics in such a tense climate, Mattingly explained that “trust” in the media is the number one issue he seeks to overcome with his reporting.
“I’m not naive enough to think that one reporter or one team can fix all the problems,” he told PEOPLE at the time. “But I firmly believe that every day we go to work — every story we write, every TV package we put together, every live shot we do — there’s an opportunity to break through and deliver news that gives people a clear, open window into their elected government.”
After the departures of Lemon and Collins, Harlow left as the sole permanent anchor CNN this morningshe told PEOPLE that she was working closely with CNN executives to select a new on-air partner who would help transition the show smoothly into its new chapter.
“We constantly talk about the attributes of the person I’m going to sit next to, who’s most important to me, and what’s the best fit for the team,” Harlow, 41, said in July. “I’m really interested in sitting next to someone who elevates our team (off-camera), who cares about the team’s goals, who’s nice, and who’s funny.”
“Humor is very important to me, especially when you wake up in the middle of the night,” she said. “Obviously, I miss having Don and Caitlan by my side, but I am excited about what lies ahead.”
Lemon, 57, was a CNN veteran of 17 years and was co-anchoring CNN this morning With Collins and Harlow from November 2022 until Its dramatic release is on April 24.
Then Collins, in the wake of A.J Controversial Mayo City Hall with the former president Donald TrumpHe was promotion inside Chris Cuomoin the previous primetime and was also canceled from the morning show.
Lemon’s termination announcement was fresh in the media world in April, stunning not only viewers, but apparently the anchor himself, who claimed he was informed by his agent — not the network — that he no longer had a job.
After 17 years at CNN, I would have thought anyone in the administration would have the decency to tell me directly, Twitter.
Shortly after Lemon tweeted, CNN pushed back About how its termination unfolded.
“Don Lemon’s statement about this morning’s events is inaccurate,” CNN Communications chirp. “He was offered a chance to meet with management but he issued a statement on Twitter instead.”
In February, it was lemon The broadcast went off the air for several days after controversial comments were made on Presidential candidate Nikki Haleywhich he said was “past its prime”.
Lemon released quickly apology For the comment, she wrote on social media several hours later, “The reference I made about a woman’s ‘boss’ this morning was impolite and irrelevant, as colleagues and loved ones pointed out, and I’m sorry for that. The woman’s age is not what I define personally or professionally.” I have countless women in my life who prove it every single day.”
After his controversial remarks, Lemon’He agreed to participate in formal trainingHe was back on the air less than a week later.
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then confrontation interview Lemon performed in April with the Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy He is cited as having left “several CNN leaders in a rage” and is rumored to have contributed to the decision to let him go.
Two days after shooting, Lemon appeared at the Time 100 Gala in New York City. “You guys worry more about me than me,” he said on the red carpet. “Life goes on. This is behind me, and we’ll see what happens in the future.”
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