Don Lemon Refutes Brooke Baldwin’s Claim of Gender Disparity at CNN

Don Lemon refuted former colleague Brooke Baldwin’s assertion that NCS is male-dominated, saying the community has “plenty of women in positions of power” and possibly the problem for Baldwin was that she didn’t take sufficient initiative with NCS president Jeff Zucker.

During a “Sway” podcast chat, Kara Swisher requested Lemon who ought to exchange Zucker when he departs the community at the tip of the yr and whether or not it needs to be a girl, given what Baldwin mentioned simply earlier than she herself exited the brand new large.

“I think we have had women who have run the network. I mean, Janelle Rodriguez ran part of the network,” he mentioned, earlier than including that his government producer can also be a girl, as is colleague Erin Burnett’s.

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“So we have plenty of women in positions of power in the network,” he went on. “Now, at the executive ranks, I don’t know enough about the organizational chart to tell you that, but listen, my CMO is a woman, Allison Gollust, and she is a huge influence on the network, so should the network be run by a woman? Of course, a very qualified woman. I would love to see a woman run the network.”

Swisher continued to push Lemon about Baldwin, with whom he used to host segments for the community’s fashionable New Year’s Eve particular. After discovering out that Lemon was grabbing birthday lunch along with his boss after their podcast taping, Swisher mused, “You’re having lunch with Zucker. I’m guessing she’s not.”

“Well, I don’t know who… I mean I actually called him up and said, ‘Would you like to have lunch?’ I mean, she can do the same thing,” he replied, earlier than including that he and Zucker each attended Baldwin’s wedding ceremony. Additionally, he clarified, “I love Brooke. She’s one of my best friends.”

He additionally mentioned that whereas he isn’t conscious of his coworkers’ salaries, he doesn’t consider the community is a “boys’ club,” regardless that each present in your complete lineup from 8 p.m. ET to 11 p.m. is anchored by males. (The identical just isn’t true for MSNBC and Fox News, the place Rachel Maddow and Laura Ingraham have primetime packages, respectively.)

Baldwin opened up earlier in April about gender pay disparity at the community, however mentioned “it’s getting better.” She announced in February that she can be leaving the community within the spring, and has since departed.

“The most influential anchors on our network — the highest-paid — are men. My bosses, my executives, are men. The person who oversees NCS Dayside is a man and my executive producer for 10 years is a man, so I’ve been surrounded by a lot of men,” Baldwin mentioned whereas reflecting on her decade at the community throughout an look on Ms. Magazine’s “On the Issues” podcast.

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