The view‘s Sunny Hostin endorsed Don Lemon after his surprise release from CNN.
On Monday (April 24), the longtime news anchor was ousted from the network. While there was no explanation for CNN’s decision, it comes after a recent spate of controversy and allegations of misogynist behavior leveled at him.
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The next morning, Hostin and her talk show co-workers covered the news on their Tuesday (April 25) morning show.
Hostin started the conversation by admitting she was “stunned” by the announcement. However, she admitted she was “biased” due to her 20-year friendship with Lemon.
“Our offices were right across the street for most of the time I worked there,” she explained. “From my experience with him, I don’t think he’s a misogynist. I think he loves women: he loves his mother, he loves his sister, he loves me, he loves Joy [Behar]…”
Hostin went on to express her anger at people “comparing Tucker [Carlson’s] Firing with Don’s Firing” and calling it a “false equivalence”.
Lemon’s firing came shortly after famed right-wing news host Carlson was axed from Fox News. The view Hosts reacted happily to his departure.
“Yeah, Don said some things that were sexist, and I think age. He apologized for them and received formal education,” Hostin said.
“He’s been on the air a long time fighting bigotry while Tucker foments bigotry, so there’s a big difference here. And yes, he said some stupid things,” Behar added.
Haines chimed in, adding that she felt “when the new management came in, the writing was on the wall.”
“Actually, a lot of people were surprised that Don was staying, and then they moved him and put him in different places,” she said. “But I think in a way that kind of came through the tube for a while.”
Goldberg chimed in to end the conversation, saying, “If you’re worried about someone being misogynist, why would you put them with two women to do a show? If this bothers you. So to me it seemed strange when they gave him this show.
“I’ve known Don for ages too, I haven’t worked with him. We are just friends.”