Don Lemon Drops Out of Moderating NYC Event Amid Backlash

CNN’s Don Lemon has dropped out of an event to honor Black History Month following misogynistic comments about Nikki Haley.

Lemon was set to moderate an event in New York City centering around race and real estate. He and the event organizers agreed that his recent news converge would put a dim light on the event and its purpose.

Don was replaced with real estate broker John Gomes, and he was absent from Monday’s “CNN This Morning.”

Don got in trouble when he said that a woman’s “prime” was based on her age when talking about Nikki. “I’m just saying Nikki Haley should be careful about saying that politicians are not in their prime and they need to be in their prime when they serve. Because she wouldn’t be in her prime according to, you know, Google,” Lemon shared during the show.

Viewers expressed their anger online, with co-host Poppy Harlow voicing her displeasure with the comment.

Since then, he’s apologized, he tweeted,” 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.”