Don Lemon’s epic fall from grace as the golden boy of CNN has been witnessed in real time over the past several months.
Last year, Lemon was demoted from his primetime show, which no one watched.
Then his morning show, which no one watched either, bombed completely after averaging just 331,000 viewers.
Lemon must be feeling the pressure, and might explain why he exploded at one of his co-hosts for interrupting him.
As Radar Online reported:
CNN staffers have been left “shaken” after the network’s golden boy Don Lemon exploded on his co-star Kaitlan Collins in an off-camera spat that showed he might not be able to handle the morning television pressure, RadarOnline.com has learned.
After it was revealed Lemon was struggling to share the spotlight following his AM move, news broke of a heated altercation he allegedly started with his CNN This Morning co-anchor that took place on December 8. The alleged confrontation was so heated that employees are still rattled by it today.
Sources told the NY Post that Lemon, 56, approached Collins, 30, after the show’s broadcast and loudly accused her of “interrupting” him during their segment.
“Don screamed at Kaitlan, who was visibly upset and ran out of the studio,” the insider spilled.
News of the co-stars’ altercation made its way to CNN honcho Chris Licht, who already has enough on his plate with the struggling network and its tanking numbers.
Despite his headaches, sources claimed Licht is appalled by Lemon’s behavior, who allegedly had a producer instruct the anchor to leave work for the rest of the day and “cool off” after the incident.
As The Daily Fetched reported last month, CNN’s average primetime viewership took a nose dive to only 444,000 viewers during the week of January 16:
Between the classified documents scandal, Ukraine, and the roil over House committee seats, CNN had plenty to report on, or should we say ‘spin.’
Meanwhile, Fox News raked in an average of 1.996 million primetime viewers during that week, five times more than CNN.
MSNBC faired better than CNN, attracting nearly a million with 943,000 average primetime viewers.
CNN barely cracked 400,000 with just 417,000 in total day viewers.