Lemon on Thursday morning blasted his comments and got personal.

«All this talk about age makes me uncomfortable,» Lemon told co-hosts Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins on «CNN This Morning.»show. “I think it’s the wrong way to go. She says that people, you know, politicians are suddenly not at their best. Nikki Haley is not in her best moment. I’m sorry, when a woman is in her prime in her 20s, 30s, and maybe 40s.»

The comments received an instant backlash on social media and caused tension on the air. «Wait… prime for what?» Harlow, who is 41, asked.

“Don’t shoot the messenger, I’m just stating what the facts are,” Lemon replied. «Google it.»

Lemon took to Twitter to apologize for those comments Thursday afternoon, calling them «unartificial and irrelevant.»

«My reference to a woman’s ‘scoop’ this morning was naive and irrelevant, as colleagues and loved ones have pointed out, and I am sorry,» Lemon wrote. “A woman’s age does not define her personally or professionally. I have countless women in my life who try it every day.»