CNN announces it will premiere a new morning show with Don Lemon, Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins

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CNN is reinventing your mornings.

The network on Thursday unveiled a new marquee morning show set to premiere later this year, hosted by stars Don Lemon, Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins.

The show will replace “New Day” and will have a new name, format and setting, CNN said.

“New Day” hosts John Berman and Brianna Keilar will continue to host their show until the new show premieres. They will then be assigned new anchor roles in the network, CNN said.

The major reorganization of programming was announced by CNN CEO Chris Licht, who took over the network in May.

In recent weeks, Licht has begun to put his stamp on the network’s programming, with the announcement of the new morning show being his most significant move to date.

Morning shows have been a forte for Licht throughout his career. Before joining CNN, Licht created MSNBC’s popular “Morning Joe” and revitalized “CBS This Morning.”

“There is no stronger combination of talent than Don, Poppy and Kaitlan to deliver on our promise of a game-changing morning news show,” Licht said in a press release.

“Each one of them is exceptionally smart, trustworthy and compelling; together they have a rare and palpable chemistry,” added Licht. “Combined with CNN’s resources and global newsgathering capabilities, we will offer a smart, bold and refreshing way to start the day.”

In a memo to employees, Licht acknowledged that the morning show review “will raise a number of questions” that cannot all be addressed in a single memo. But Licht tried to answer the bigger ones, telling employees that the “New Day” crew “will continue to produce the morning show” and reiterating that Keilar and Berman will be given new hosting roles.

“The next chapter of CNN is starting to take shape,” Licht said. “I am sure that there are many questions that are not answered in this note. We will communicate as much as we can as we refine the details and ensure this transition is a thorough and inclusive process.”

Lemon, whose “Don Lemon Tonight” show will come to an end as a result of the move, described the past eight years in prime time as an “incredible ride.” But, he said, it was “time to shake things up.”

“I am so appreciative of the ‘Don Lemon Tonight’ crew, my wonderful and loyal viewers, and everyone who has believed in me,” Lemon said in a press release. “Honestly, I was blown away when Chris Licht asked me to do this and I am humbled by his faith in me. It will be exciting to take on this challenge with Poppy and Kaitlan.”

A CNN spokesperson said the network will announce new programming that will replace Lemon’s current show later this year.

Harlow, who is currently a co-host of the 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. time slot and recently completed Yale’s Master of Laws program, described Lemon as one of her “best friends for over a decade” and said she was grateful for the opportunity.

“What a gift to be able to sit next to Don and Kaitlan every morning,” Harlow said.

Collins, who has served as chief White House correspondent since the start of the Biden administration, said she was “thrilled to begin this new adventure” and take on the new role of co-anchor and chief correspondent for the revamped morning show.

It was not immediately clear who, if anyone, will fill his position as chief White House correspondent when he vacates the post. A CNN spokesman said the network will announce changes to the White House soon.

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