Don Lemon

Don Lemon, CNN anchor, fired after 17 years on the network

"I am stunned," Lemon wrote on Twitter, saying he was told by his agent he had been let go.

CNN said it "parted ways" with Lemon, who co-hosted its morning show, saying "we wish him well".

It follows on-air remarks by Lemon in which he said Republican Nikki Haley, 51, was not "in her prime".

The dismissal also comes on the heels of another major US media departure. Just moments before Lemon's announcement, Fox News announced it was parting ways with primetime host Tucker Carlson.

CNN's Don Lemon Announces Newly-Named Show Hours After Saying CNN Tonight 'Is No More'

The veteran journalist, who joined the network in 2006 and has hosted CNN Tonight since 2014, shared the news with viewers during Friday night's show. 

"It's been really, really great. This is the last night that will be CNN Tonight With Don Lemon," said Lemon, 55. "So, I appreciate all the years of CNN Tonight With Don Lemon, but changes are coming, and I will fill you in."