Chris Licht, the chairman and CEO of CNN, abruptly fired Don Lemon, the co-host of CNN This Morning, on Monday afternoon, leaving the senior journalist “stunned.”

A statement from Licht was released by CNN along with Lemon’s departure news. Lemon would “forever be part of the CNN family,” according to Licht’s note, which gave no justification for his decision.

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Chris Licht Age: 

Christopher Andrew Licht was born in Newtown, Connecticut in the United States on October 22, 1971. He is currently 51 years old.

Chris Licht Family: 

Licht was born to his mother, Susan Mary Kneeland, and father, Dr. Peter David Licht of Newtown, Connecticut.

Chris Licht Relationship: 

Chris Licht is happily married to his wife, Jenny Blanco. Jenny spent numerous years at CNN, first as an Anderson Cooper producer and later as the director of talent acquisition and development. While working together on a project during the Athens Summer Olympics in 2004, Licht started dating her.

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The couple tied the knot in April 2006 at the L’Auberge Del Mar in California. They have two sons together and live in Manhattan as a family since 2017.

Chris Licht Career: 

Licht started his career with KNBC in Los Angeles. After a few years, he joined CBS in 2011 and was given the title of vice president of programming at CBS News. Licht was the executive producer of CBS This Morning from its inception in 2012 until joining The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2016. A month later he was appointed executive producer and showrunner of The Late Show.

On February 26, 2022, Licht was named Jeff Zucker’s replacement following the unforeseen resignation of CNN President in February 2022.

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Chris Licht Net Worth: 

According to the website, Licht has a net worth of about $15 million, and his annual salary is about $3 million.