After a disastrous morning program, veteran CNN anchor Poppy Harlow is leaving the network.

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Poppy Harlow, a veteran CNN host, is departing the financially troubled cable news network, two months after “CNN This Morning” was canceled due to a series of on-air meltdowns that had precipitated Don Lemon’s firing last year.

During Friday’s 9 a.m. editorial call, CNN CEO Mark Thompson informed staff members of Harlow’s departure; Harlow later confirmed her departure via email to coworkers.

“I was 25 years old and had never appeared on live television when I first walked into the CNN office in 2008.” To put it mildly, green is amazing! In the email, which Vanity Fair first revealed, Harlow wrote.

“As a person and a journalist, I grew up here.”

The executive vice president for talent, CNN originals, and creative development, Amy Entelis, and 41-year-old Harlow both said that the two have “been wonderful and have given me the space to make this decision.” Harlow thanked both of them.

Next Monday, she will formally depart from CNN.

Harlow, who has worked at CNN as a reporter and anchor, most recently co-hosted the disastrous morning program “CNN This Morning,” which debuted in 2022 under the leadership of fired CEO Chris Licht.

She was partnered with Kaitlan Collins and Lemon, who was dismissed following a string of indiscretions, including as blowing out at Collins off-camera and making the notorious claim on air that GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley was “not in her prime.”

The 56-year-old Lemon stated, “A woman is considered to be in their prime in [her] the 20s and 30s and maybe 40s.”

The failing primetime presenter was instantly criticized by Harlow, who said, “What are you talking about, wait…” Prime for what purpose?

Lemon immediately attempted to defend himself, saying that his weird tirade was founded on information that could be found online and that he wasn’t expressing his own opinions.

“I don’t think so,” he remarked. It’s comparable to prime. If you do some research on it. When a woman is in her prime, according to Google, she should be in her 20s, 30s, or 40s.

Harlow, Don Lemon and Kaitlan Collins on set.

Harlow, Don Lemon and Kaitlan Collins discussing Nikki Haley.

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In the end, Harlow stormed off the set. After facing criticism, Lemon apologized and was momentarily removed off the broadcast.

Following Lemon’s termination in April of last year, Collins was promoted to a primetime slot, freeing Harlow to co-host the morning program alongside CNN top White House reporter Phil Mattingly.

The ratings for the morning program, which were never very high, did not rise.

“CNN This Morning” had an average of 322,000 viewers overall in January, compared to 988,000 for MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and 1.07 million for Fox’s “Fox & Friends.”

In February, Thompson announced a change in leadership. Anchor Kasie Hunt took over as host of the early-morning newscast from 5 to 7 a.m., replacing the hosts of the morning show.

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Under new boss Mark Thompson, CNN canceled its morning show, leaving Harlow without an immediate gig at the network.

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Mattingly took over as top domestic reporter a few weeks later, but Harlow’s future remained unclear.

According to Vanity Fair, Harlow was given a new post concurrently with Mattingly, but ultimately declined it.

As Harlow leaves the room, Thompson and Entelis extolled her professionalism.

In a statement to VF, Thompson said, “Poppy is a unique talent who combines formidable reporting and interviewing prowess with a human touch that audiences have always responded to.” “She has been an amazing teammate at CNN, and we are confident that she will succeed greatly in all of her future pursuits.”

“After more than 16 unforgettable years, thousands of hours in the anchor chair, and hundreds of field reports, Poppy leaves CNN,” exclaimed Entelis. She left her imprint on a number of significant events, such as the financial crises, the Boston bombing, and the terror attacks in Paris. But most importantly, she conducted insightful interviews with the most powerful businessmen in the world, who trusted her because she was fair, harsh, and well-prepared. We shall miss Poppy, a talented journalist who sets the bar for humane and compassionate reporting.

Here is what Harlow said in full to her coworkers:

I had never appeared on live television when I was 25 years old in 2008 when I started working at CNN.

“Green” is a bit of a stretch! On my first day here, I was struck by how fortunate I was to walk past those three recognizable red letters in the hallway.

The time in the last almost twenty years has been a blessing. You two are (and always will be) my good friends, and I have gained so much knowledge and inspiration from you. Both personally and as a writer, I grew up here. I was given the freedom to make mistakes, falter, and then try again with the help and concern of the CNN family. This place has helped me become a stronger leader, resilient, appreciate perspective, and learn how to make difficult choices.

I am taking this risk and leaving CNN with a heavy heart and sincere thanks because of those reasons.

I’ve received amazing support from Mark, Amy, and the CNN management team, who allowed me the freedom to make this choice. They have my sincere gratitude.

I have had the privilege of traveling both domestically and internationally thanks to CNN, usually at the worst moments when people exhibit their greatest qualities.

I got to see firsthand what makes our nation so wonderful. I shared seats with folks during both their happiest and worst times. They gave me insight into the commonalities that unite us. The human side of the story has always moved me, inspired me, and increased my appreciation for this work, whether it was reporting on the effects of the financial crisis from Wall Street to Detroit, spending time with young women incarcerated in East Tennessee or on Rikers Island, or listening to bereaved parents who lost their children to the opioid crisis in Ohio.

Above all, the teams of journalists who produce at all levels are responsible for making each of these stories feasible.

They are everything that exists.

The center of CNN is them.

Many articles have been published regarding the problems facing our business and the shortcomings of journalism. Indeed, it does. However, it also has a lot of positive aspects. The search for the truth lies at the center of everything we do at CNN. I will continue to be CNN’s biggest supporter, and I will watch and encourage you every day.

As for now, I intend to walk our kids to and from school (hoping they won’t get tired of me!) and do all in my power to encourage journalism’s progress while retaining its human element.

I’m looking forward to what lies ahead, and I’ll always support CNN.

With love and thanks.

Poppy

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