Don Lemon Prime Comment Nicki Haley controversy explained.

CNN Morning Show co-anchor Don Lemon has come under fire for making sexist and ageist comments during a segment. Don was hosting with co-anchor Kaitlan Collins and Poppy Harlow when he made the remarks that had both women looking taken aback.

Don Lemon made the ageist and sexist comment while speaking about Nikki Haley running as a Presidential candidate for 2024. When Nikki Haley publicly announced she would be a Presidential Candidate, she stated that she would call for mental competency tests for politicians over seventy-five years old.

Haley’s announcement may have been caused by some of the public mishaps and misspeakings of President Joe Biden, who is eighty-years-old. Nevertheless, Don Lemon decided to critique Haley’s statement by saying that she should be careful what she as, “women are in their prime in their 20s, 30s and 40s.”

From watching the clip, it seems as though Don was trying to make the argument that Haley could also be grilled about her run due to her age. Nikki Haley is currently fifty-one-years-old and much younger than both President Biden and former President Donald Trump during their time in the White House.

Don Lemon Controversy

Don Lemon immediately faced backlash online due to his sexist remarks. Even his co-anchors looked uncomfortable with Poppy Harlow sarcastically, adding that she’s in her forties so she still has a decade in her prime. She also asked what prime exactly Don was referring to and if he meant child bearing years. Don stated that no, he meant it in general, and that’s what is generally accepted on Google too. Kaitlan stayed notably quiet throughout that part of the segment.

Since this segment aired, Don Lemon has been at the centre of controversy and he has since issued an apology. “I’m sorry that I said it and I certainly see why people found it completely misguided.”

It is unclear at this time if CNN will reprimand him for his words.