Don Lemon is skating on thin ice.
His position at CNN has never been more tenuous.
And a conservative actress ended Don Lemon’s career after he called women past their “prime.”
Don Lemon has been on the outs at CNN ever since Jeff Zucker was fired and management was brought in.
One of the first moves by new boss Chris Licht was to demote Lemon from primetime to co-hosting a morning show with Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins.
CNN This Morning has been getting bludgeoned in the ratings by Fox & Friends on Fox News and Morning Joe on MSNBC.
And things have gone from bad to worse for Lemon.
Hollywood actress and pro-life advocate Patricia Heaton joined a chorus of people ripping Lemon for his latest blunder.
In light of a recent behind-the-scenes blow-up at Collins after she allegedly interrupted him several times during a broadcast, Lemon was again at odds with Collins and Harlow.
The controversy began when former UN Ambassador and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced her candidacy for President, and said that politicians over 75 years old should be subject to a mental competency test.
In an attempt to hit Haley, a Republican, Lemon said that she was “past her prime.”
Lemon seemed to realize he stepped in it when pressed by his female co-hosts.
He deferred to “Google” that a woman was past her prime after her 20s, 30s, and 40s.
Since then, Lemon issued a weak apology, and is reportedly on the brink of being fired.
Lemon wrote on Twitter, “The reference I made to a woman’s ‘prime’ this morning was inartful and irrelevant, as colleagues and loved ones have pointed out, and I regret it. A woman’s age doesn’t define her either personally or professionally. I have countless women in my life who prove that every day.”
And Heaton might’ve delivered the coup de grâce during a Twitter thread where she listed her accomplishments after 50 years of age.
Heaton wrote, “Hey Ladies – [Don Lemon] thinks women over 50 are past their prime! Let’s start #primetime and list some of the things we’ve accomplished in these glorious later years. I’ll start: Produced the comedy feature ‘Unexpected’…Wrote and published the book Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Reinvention (Simon and Schuster)…Created the Emmy- winning show PatriciaHeaton Parties for FoodNetwork.”
Heaton went on to list many other accomplishments.
She added, “Starred in the ABC Network hit show ‘The Middle’…Took four sons on four college tours and saw them graduate.”
The great irony of Lemon’s attack is that he is 56 years old, and Haley is 51.
If Lemon were smart, and he is not, he would quit before CNN rakes him across the coals.
Lemon finally reappeared after a hiatus, but it might not be for long the way things are trending.
He wrote on Twitter, “I appreciate the opportunity to be back on ‘CNN This Morning’ today. To my network, my colleagues and our incredible audience — I’m sorry. I’ve heard you, I’m learning from you, and I’m committed to doing better. See you soon.”
If Lemon slips up again, he will likely get a quick hook.