- Journalist Chris Cuomo said he felt “ashamed” after CNN suspended him indefinitely.
- The newscaster breaks his silence following the accusations that he helped his brother, former Governor Andrew Cuomo.
- He also shared how he feels about his and his family’s situation.
According to The Sun, journalist Chris Cuomo said he felt ashamed after CNN suspended him indefinitely based on information that he helped his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is facing sexual harassment charges.
The CNN anchor broke his silence after New York State Attorney General Letitia James released documents containing proof that Cuomo agreed to contact sources in the news industry for information about reports on his older brother.
What did the news anchor do?
The network said the documents released by the New York attorney general on Monday indicate that Cuomo had a higher level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than CNN executives previously knew. “As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation,” the network said.
The CNN anchor lobbied sources for information on his brother’s accusers and passed it on to the governor’s staff. He was actively involved in crafting his brother’s response to the charges against him, according to emails and a transcript of his testimony to investigators working for State Attorney General Letitia James. Her office found that Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women.
What did the TV host say?
Speaking on his SiriusXM radio show this Wednesday, Cuomo said, “You know this already. It hurts to even say it. It’s embarrassing, but I understand it. And I understand why some people feel the way they do about what I did,” added Cuomo. He previously acknowledged talking to his brother and offering advice when the ex-governor faced harassment charges.
But information released Monday revealed many more details about Chris Cuomo’s involvement. Andrew Cuomo resigned in August to avoid likely impeachment. Cuomo’s show, which airs at 9 p.m. ET on weeknights, averaged 1.3 million viewers, narrowly surpassing Anderson Cooper’s show as the most popular on CNN according to Nielsen. Like many cable newscasts, the audience has dropped significantly after increasing during the election year.
Why did Chris interview his brother?
Cuomo appeared on his show Monday night, speaking about COVID-19 and politics without mentioning his own problems. There was no immediate response to a request for comment sent to Cuomo and the attorney who represented him during his testimony this summer. Anderson Cooper replaced Cuomo on his show on Tuesday.
During the first two months of the pandemic, Cuomo interviewed his brother on the air several times. It was a hit with viewers, though it violated CNN’s policy. It was a programming choice that has appears worse over time and with additional disclosures. Filed under: Chris Andrew Cuomo CNN
What did Chris do to help the former governor of New York?
Chris Cuomo frequently consulted with his brother’s aides while Andrew was fighting the charges last May, sometimes disagreeing with them. “This is my brother, and I’m trying to help my brother through a situation where he has told me he did nothing wrong,” Cuomo testified last July before investigators with the attorney general’s office.
Chris Cuomo has insisted that he has done nothing to influence CNN’s coverage of his brother’s political troubles and that it would be quickly discovered if he had. Filed under: Chris Andrew Cuomo CNN
Did Cuomo confess everything?
Cuomo also said he reached out to other journalists to find out if they were writing stories about his brother, mostly looking for information about what The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow was writing. He acknowledged that he did not tell CNN he was doing this and characterized his actions as nothing out of the ordinary for a journalist.
Critics have called on CNN to take action after the attorney general released the documents. The Atlantic’s David A. Graham said Cuomo should resign or that CNN should fire him if he doesn’t. After The Washington Post first revealed last May that Cuomo had consulted with his brother’s aides, CNN issued a statement saying his actions were inappropriate but did not discipline him.
Chris and Andrew Cuomo: A dynasty ruined by scandals
Chris Cuomo, a lawyer, is 13 years younger than Andrew Cuomo, whom Chris has described as his best friend. They are the sons of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, who served from 1982 to 1996. Chris worked for several years at ABC News and joined CNN in 2013 as a co-host on the network’s morning show.
A veteran television executive, Shelley Ross, wrote a column for The New York Times in September saying that Chris Cuomo had groped her at a party 16 years ago. Cuomo told the newspaper that, “I apologized to her then, and I meant it.” The case is still open, and more details will come out in the coming days. Filed under: Chris Andrew Cuomo CNN
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