On Thursday, Megyn Kelly accused Don Lemon, a host on CNN, of regularly making "sexist" comments to his female coworkers, citing his recent remark about Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley not being in her "prime." Kelly presented evidence to support her claim.
On her podcast, "The Megyn Kelly Show" on Sirius XM, the host discussed with guests Jim Geraghty and Michael Brendan Dougherty the comments made by Don Lemon regarding Nikki Haley not being in her "prime" and his call for Americans to refuse leaders who are "past" their prime after Haley's announcement of her presidential bid.
“The latest comment that he has made I would submit to you is just the latest in a series of truly sexist comments by this guy,” Kelly explained. “I don’t know how much longer CNN can allow this to go on. … I’m so irritated by this guy, and, honestly, his misogyny — and I don’t use that word about a lot of people — but there’s a pattern with him. The absurdity of suggesting that a woman is past her prime when she is 51 years old, like Nikki Haley.”
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“And by the way, what an insult to people like Dana Bash, who’s 51 and his colleague at CNN,” Kelly added. “Sorry, ‘past your due date.’ What does he mean by ‘prime’? The co-anchor [Poppy Harlow] had an instinct that this was offensive, but frankly wasn’t effective enough to actually shove it down his throat and recognize — are you referring to childbearing years? Because that is something women can mostly only do in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. And he wouldn’t even sign on to that. Just childbearing is not what determines whether a woman is in her prime.”
Megyn Kelly alleged that Don Lemon has a tendency to belittle women and cited an instance when he told his colleague S.E. Cupp that she was experiencing "mommy brain" after forgetting her words during a segment. She suggested that this was part of a larger pattern of behavior.
“No, you a**,” she stated. “That has nothing to do with her ‘mommy brain.’ People forget their words, male and female. This is a pattern with him. … He doesn’t understand anything about women, about America, about prime. He’s 56, by the way. I guess he’d be the first to tell you he’s still in his prime…”
“And it ties in with the allegations that have been made against him recently, that he was screaming at his co-host Kaitlan Collins because she had the temerity to interrupt him, and he was annoyed,” Kelly continued. “And he was screaming at her to the point where the crew was uncomfortable and Kaitlan Collins reportedly ran out of the studio. … But this is a pattern with this guy. He does not respect women. He does not see women as equals.”
At the end of the segment, Megyn Kelly expressed her belief that Don Lemon is a sexist and abusive individual and that it is necessary for him to leave his position.
Later Lemon addressed the issue on Twitter where he called the comments “inartful and irrelevant.”
“So, no apology for his disgusting (latest example of) sexism. [CNN] — this isn’t going to cut it,” Kelly fired back.
Seriously-what was “inartful” about his comments? Inartful is when you use the wrong word to make a valid point. He made these comments 3x, tripling down on them. Argued the point when challenged. This wasn’t clumsy speech- it was misogyny. And it’s not his 1st time.
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) February 16, 2023
“Seriously-what was ‘inartful’ about his comments?” Kelly added. “Inartful is when you use the wrong word to make a valid point. He made these comments 3x, tripling down on them. Argued the point when challenged. This wasn’t clumsy speech — it was misogyny. And it’s not his 1st time.”
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