Patricia Heaton fired back at Don Lemon after his controversial remarks about the age of United States Republican Presidential candidate Nikki Haley,
The 56-year-old host said that Haley, 51, had gone past her “principal” and is “considered to be a woman in her 20s and 30s and maybe 40s” during a recent episode of ” CNN This Morning”. .”
On Friday, Heaton, 64, responded to Lemon’s comments, which were widely regarded as sexist and ageist, with a fiery Twitter thread.
“Hey Ladies – @donlemon thinks women over 50 are in over their heads! Let’s kick off #primetime and list some of the things we’ve accomplished in these glorious years,” began the t -actor.
She continued, “I’ll start: – Unexpected comedy feature premiered (available on iTunes/AmazonPrime) #primetime.”
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“Wrote and published the book Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Reinvention (Simon and Schuster) #primetime.”
“The Emmy-winning show PatriciaHeaton Parties was created for @FoodNetwork #primetime.”
“The cookbook Food For Family and Friends (William Morrow Cookbooks) published #primetime
“Produced and starred in the second act of Carol for CBS. #primetime.”
“[email protected] Celebrity Ambassador Program to raise money and awareness, with trips to Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda, Jordan and Kenya. #primetime.”
“Read the Bible all the way through! #primetime.”
“Patricia Heaton Home table top line created, now available at @ParkDesigns #primetime.”
msgstr “He stars in the hit show @ABCNetwork @TheMiddle_TV #primetime.”
“Took four sons on four college trips and saw them graduate. #primetime.”
“Starring Tony Shalhoub, the late great Chris Welch and @TheRealAnnaCamp in The Scene with @TheresaRebeck at @2STNYC.”
“Produced and starred in Mom’s Night Out @MNOmovie with @sarahdrew for @AFFIRMFilms #primetime.”
The “Everyone Loves Raymond” alum was praised by many of his followers on his Twitter thread, some of whom began to chime in with what they have achieved over the age of 50.
Lemon made the remarks on Thursday’s episode of “CNN This Morning” in response to Haley calling for politicians over the age of 75 to undergo annual mental fitness tests. Lemon said he was “uncomfortable” with the age discussion, saying Haley “isn’t up to it, sorry.”
“A woman is considered to be at her peak in her 20s and 30s and maybe her 40s,” he said, as co-host Poppy Harlow pointedly added, “CEO of what?” To put on the defense, Lemon told Harlow, 40, and his audience “Google it” and not “shoot the messenger.” Lemon was also joined by his co-host Kaitlan Collins, 30 years old.
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“I’m just saying what the facts are. Google it. Everyone at home, when a woman is the main reason, it says 20s, 30s and 40s,” he said. “And I’m just saying that Nikki Haley should be careful about saying that politicians are not first, and they have to be first when they serve. Because it wouldn’t be she’s a principal according to Google or whatever.”
Harlow walked the team after her on-air exchange with Lemon, sources told the New York Post.
Lemon apologized on Twitter later in the day, although he did not mention Haley by name.
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“My reference to a female ‘prime’ this morning was irrelevant and irrelevant, as colleagues and family said, and I regret it. A woman’s age does not define her personally or professionally. I have many women in my life who proves that every day,” he wrote.
In response, Haley mocked the TV host, writing “To be clear, I am NOT asking for aptitude tests for sexually middle-aged CNN anchors; only for people who make our laws and are 75+.”
On Friday, Lemon issued an apology to his colleagues during the network’s morning editorial call.
“I’m sorry I didn’t mean to hurt anybody. I didn’t mean to offend anybody,” Lemon said, Fox News Digital confirmed. “What I said came out wrong, and I wish I hadn’t said it. I believe that women of any age can do anything they set their minds to. The people closest to me in the this organization.”
“When I make a mistake. I own it and I own this one too. I understand why you’re upset and disappointed,” Lemon continued. “I wanted to make the point that no one’s age should define their ambition or their potential for success, and I was sharing those sentiments with Nikki Haley.”
A source close to “CNN This Morning” described Lemon’s editorial call as “an all-but-failed apology attempt.”
A CNN spokesperson told Fox News Digital that he does not comment on internal meetings.
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