CNN has announced that it will debut a new morning show with Don Lemon, Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins


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CNN is reimagining its mornings.

The network unveiled a new morning lineup that will debut Thursday, anchored by stars Don Lemon, Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins.

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Each one is intelligent, reliable and believable; they have a rare and palpable chemistry together,” added Licht. “Combined with CNN’s resources and world-class newsgathering capabilities, we will offer a smart, bold and refreshing way to start the day.”

In a memo to staff, Licht acknowledged that the review of the morning show will “raise a lot of questions” that can’t all be covered in a single memo. But Licht sought to respond to the bosses, telling staff that the “New Day” team will “continue to produce the morning show” and reiterating that Keilar and Berman will be given new anchor roles.

“CNN’s next chapter is starting to take shape,” Licht said. “I’m sure there are many unanswered questions in this memo. We will communicate as much as we can as we refine the specifications and ensure this transition is a thorough and inclusive process.”

Lemon, whose show “Don Lemon Tonight” will 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 grateful to the ‘Don Lemon Tonight’ team, my wonderful and loyal audience and everyone who believed in me,” Lemon said in a press release. “I was honestly surprised when Chris Licht asked me to do this and I’m honored that he believed in me. Taking on this challenge with Poppy and Kaitlan will be exciting.”

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

Harlow, who currently anchors the 9-11 a.m. hour and recently completed her J.D. from Yale, described Lemon as “one of her closest 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 he was “thrilled to begin this new adventure” and take on the new role of anchor and chief correspondent for the revamped morning show.

It was not immediately clear who would fill the role of chief White House correspondent when he steps down. A CNN spokeswoman said the network will soon announce the changes at the White House.