CNN revamps morning show with new hosts Don Lemon, Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins

CNN will change the look of its morning show and get rid of New Day.

Don Lemon, Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins will join as hosts of a “reimagined” show that will debut later this year, it was announced Thursday (September 15).

The trio will replace the current team of John Berman and Brianna Keilar on “New Day,” which will air from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET on the news network.

It’s the first major program change to be announced by new CNN chairman Chris Licht, who has extensive experience in morning television. He helped develop “Morning Joe” at MSNBC and also produced “CBS This Morning” in the early 2010s.

“There is no stronger combination of talents than Don, Poppy and Kaitlan to deliver on our promise of a groundbreaking morning news show,” Licht said in a statement. “They are all uniquely intelligent, reliable and persuasive. Together they have a rare and tangible chemistry.”

Much of the news Licht has made since taking office in May has included subtractions, the cancellation of the Reliable Sources media show and the firing of host Brian Stelter, and the split from legal reporter Jeffrey Toobin and White House correspondent John Harwood.

The morning show announcement also opens another gap in CNN’s primetime lineup, where Lemon hosted the 10 p.m. weeknight hour. CNN still hasn’t replaced Chris Cuomo at 9 p.m. after he was fired last December.

Lemon said in a statement that his past eight years as a primetime presenter had been an incredible ride, but that it was time to “shake things up.”

“I was honestly floored when Chris Licht asked me to do this, and I’m honored that he believes in me,” Lemon said. “It’s going to be a thrill to take on this challenge with Poppy and Kaitlan.”

New Day gets a new name, format, and set in the revamp. CNN said those details, including the premiere date, will be announced later.

For Harlow, the transition means getting up earlier. She currently hosts the 9-11 hours on CNN, where she has worked since 2008.

Collins, 30, has had a meteoric rise at CNN. She joined the network in 2017 and was named the network’s chief White House correspondent last year. She’ll be leaving the White House, but unlike Lemon and Harlow, Collins has also been named the new morning show’s “chief correspondent,” meaning she’ll often be reporting from news sites. CNN revamps morning show with new hosts Don Lemon, Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins


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