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'Kaitlan Collins Won't Play Second Fiddle!': CNN's Don Lemon Struggling To Share Spotlight With Morning Show Co-Stars After Primetime Swap

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Source: Ron Adar / M10s / MEGA; Ron Sachs - CNP / MEGA

Jan. 25 2023, Published 7:00 p.m. ET

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CNN's Don Lemon is struggling to share the limelight with his morning show co-stars after bidding farewell to his primetime show, insiders close to the TV personality alleged about the behind-the-scenes tension.

RadarOnline.com can exclusively report on the secret drama between Lemon, Kaitlan Collins, and Poppy Harlow that is rumored to be causing a stir on-set.

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Not only is the former night owl adjusting to a new work schedule that has him rising before the crack of dawn, but he is also getting used to a change in the dynamic.

"Don went into this thinking of himself as Beyoncé and his co-hosts as his backup dancers," claimed the insider, alleging that was hardly the case once the show began.

"That attitude did not fly — especially with Kaitlan. She won't play second fiddle to Don."

RadarOnline.com has reached out to CNN for comment.

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Earlier this week, it was reported that CNN garnered an average of only 417,000 viewers from January 16-22. CNN This Morning also reportedly had its smallest audience since it launched last year among both total viewers and the key demo.

In a surprising turn of events, Lemon's Thursday attire made headlines after he was poked fun at by Stephen Colbert on The Late Show.

"I believe a great man once said, 'What the f--- is that?'" Colbert quipped while showing a photo of Lemon's gray hoodie paired with a suit jacket.

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Lemon responded to the criticism the next day, "For me, it was sort of like a Rorschach test wearing that outfit," Lemon replied, noting he's a fan of Colbert, and clarifying that his bosses at CNN had asked him to "relax and be more comfortable."

The revamped program with Lemon, Collins, and Harlow has been a part of CNN CEO Chris Licht's plan to make changes that lead to a boost in ratings and a refreshed look for the network.

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RadarOnline.com previously learned of another shakeup involving executive producer Eric Hall, who was reassigned from his gig at CNN This Morning to a new role at the 11 PM hour of CNN Tonight.

Lemon said he was embracing the changes in his own routine while leaving behind his primetime gig. "It's a bittersweet moment for me, but it's not going to be a sad moment, I'm not going to be sad about it," he told viewers.

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"Sometimes it was exhausting because some of the things that we discuss here are so personal and so consuming," Lemon added. "So, I hope I made you proud, and I thank you for tuning in all these years, and I hope that you're going to join me in the morning."

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