Don Lemon absent from ‘CNN This Morning’ after sexist Nikki Haley rant enraged Poppy Harlow

February 17, 2023

Don Lemon was conspicuously absent from “CNN This Morning” on Friday just 24 hours after he put his foot in his mouth with a sexist comment about 51-year-old Nikki Haley being “not in her prime” — prompting co-host Poppy Harlow to walk off the set. “CNN This Morning” co-host Don Lemon was conspicuously absent from the set on Friday. “The people I am closest to in this organization are women,” Lemon insisted, according to a transcript of his apology obtained by The Post. Lemon had “the day off” just 24 hours after he went on a sexist rant that enraged co-host Poppy Harlow. But a source close to the veteran anchor quipped: “As a woman in her prime, Poppy Harlow does use the bathroom, including on Thursday mornings.”Additional reporting by Alexandra Steigrad