Questions with both these terminations:-
1. What do we know that could have contributed to both their terminations?
Based on the reports, there were incidents between female employees and Don Lemon which contributed to his termination from CNN. From the information reported, there may have been some alleged accusations of “hostile work environment” taking place or taken out of context between Don Lemon and his female coworkers. Only time will tell where Mr. Lemon’s termination proceedings will go. I’m sure there’s more to the story than what’s reported currently.
As far as Tucker Carlson is concerned, it was reported that he “parted ways” with Fox News soon after the lawsuit Fox News settled with Dominion Voting Systems for $787.5 million was finalized. As Reuters also reported, Carlson is also mixed in with other lawsuits Fox News is currently facing. From my assessment, Carlson became more of a liability to the network and he either had to “part ways” or they would have involuntarily terminated him just like they did Lemon at CNN.
2. Do you think it’s a coincidence that both men were terminated or “parted ways” on the same day?
Personally, I do not think it’s a coincidence. I think there’s some fundamental changes happening in overall television media and how the internet and social media has affected the television news networks and their overall reach. From an HR standpoint, both news anchor personnel became more of a liability for their organizations than assets, so the decisions were made to cut ties with them.
3. What do you think is next for them both?
I think they will both landed on their feet pretty well. Keep in mind folks, none of these news anchors are not broke. They created lots of attention and money for their networks for years before getting to this point, so they have some opportunities they can create for themselves. They both may already have other job opportunities lined up for them to explore once the news of both of their terminations die down. Only time will tell what’s next for them. I’m sure we will have a front seat to all the action once they publish the information.
4. What lessons can we learn from their terminations and the job market overall?
With every job opportunity and career progression, there are mishaps and changes that come. You always have to keep this in mind…nothing is ever permanent. If it’s a job of any kind, termination can always be the result. Companies make decisions on their human resources “their people” and the resources they offer. Once their resources become more of a liability, things change. In the case of both Mr. Lemon and Mr. Carlson, CNN and Fox News made the ultimate decision to reduce their liability and end their relationship with these news anchors.
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