CNN fires Chris Cuomo for secretly helping brother in sex scandal

CNN has fired host Chris Cuomo after details emerged about how he secretly helped his brother. Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo face...

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  • CNN has fired host Chris Cuomo after details emerged about how he secretly helped his brother.
  • Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faced allegations of sexual harassment earlier this year.
  • Chris Cuomo used his connections to help his brother’s staff dig into the past of a woman who accused him of sexual harassment.

CNN fired host Chris Cuomo on Saturday after details emerged about how he secretly helped his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, when the politician faced allegations of sexual harassment earlier this year.

The network had suspended Chris Cuomo earlier in the week while it investigated his involvement in his brother’s defense, the AP reported. “We have hired a respected law firm to conduct the review and have terminated him, effective immediately,” CNN said in a statement.

Chris Cuomo has been fired by CNN

CNN fired Chris
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“During the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the dismissal, we will investigate accordingly.” The network did not immediately release additional details. According to the Celebrity Net Worth website, Cuomo told listeners of his SiriusXM show last year that he had renewed his contract with CNN, which is worth $6 million a year.

According to emails and a transcript of testimony released by New York Attorney General Letitia James, Chris Cuomo used his press connections to help his brother’s staff dig into the past of a woman who accused him of inappropriately touching her.

Cuomo participated in strategy sessions aimed at helping the governor

CNN fired Chris
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Additionally, he later participated in strategy sessions aimed at helping the governor overcome the sexual harassment scandal that ultimately forced him to resign. The inappropriate nature of his involvement was conveyed through text messages obtained by James’ office.

The journalist also tried to get information on articles from other media outlets about the politician’s inappropriate sexual behavior. The New York Attorney General’s office found that Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women.

The revelations came after the host denied his involvement for months

CNN fired Chris

The revelations came after months of public statements by the host claiming that all he did was “listen” and “offer his opinion” regarding his brother’s political troubles. Chris Cuomo said on Twitter that he was proud of the work he did on the television network.

“This is not how I want my time on CNN to end, but I have already said why and how I helped my brother. So let me just say that, as disappointing as it is, I couldn’t be more proud of the Cuomo Prime Time team and the work we did as CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive time slot,” he wrote.

Text messages gave him away

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Dozens of text messages showed Chris Cuomo and Melissa DeRosa, then Andrew Cuomo’s top assistant, discussing how to respond to his brother’s mounting accusations and accusers. Andrew Cuomo resigned in August during his third term to avoid likely impeachment.

Andrew Cuomo, who has dedicated his life to politics and was governor of New York for more than a decade, and Chris Cuomo, one of the stars of CNN, are children of former New York governor Mario Cuomo. They have a close relationship that was evident in several of the press conferences given by the governor during the first months of the pandemic.

Chris Cuomo broke his silence after his suspension from CNN

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Journalist Chris Cuomo said he felt ashamed after CNN suspended him indefinitely for helping his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, regarding the sexual harassment charges against him earlier this year, according to The Sun.

As you will recall, the CNN anchor broke his silence after New York State Attorney General Letitia James published documents showing that Cuomo agreed to contact sources in the news industry for information about reports on his older brother.

Why did CNN fire Chris Cuomo?

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The network said documents released by the New York attorney general on Monday indicated 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 informed the governor’s staff. He was actively involved in crafting his brother’s response to the charges, according to emails and a transcript of his testimony to investigators that work for State Attorney General Letitia James. Her office found that Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women.

What did the CNN host say?

Former Governor of New York
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Speaking on his SiriusXM radio show this Wednesday, Cuomo said: “You already know this. It hurts to even say it, it’s embarrassing, but I get it. I understand why some people feel the way they feel about what I did,” added Cuomo. He previously acknowledged talking to his brother and offering advice when the governor faced harassment charges.

But information released Monday revealed many more details about what exactly Chris Cuomo did. Andrew Cuomo resigned in August to avoid likely impeachment. Cuomo Prime Time, which aired at 9 p.m. ET on weeknights, averaged 1.3 million viewers, narrowly surpassing Anderson Cooper as the show’s most popular on CNN, according to the Nielsen company. Like many cable newscasts, the audience dropped significantly after increasing during the election year.

Chris Cuomo’s interview with his brother

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Andrew Cuomo appeared on Chris Cuomo’s show Monday night, speaking about COVID-19 and politics without mentioning his own problems. There was no immediate response to a request for a comment sent to Cuomo and the attorney who represented him during his testimony this summer. Anderson Cooper replaced Chris Cuomo on his show 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 policies. Read more here.

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