CNN announced Saturday that host Chris Cuomo had been terminated after an investigation by New York’s attorney general revealed that he had helped his brother, the former governor, defend himself against sexual misconduct allegations.
His termination was announced on CNN’s public relations Twitter account on Saturday.
Statement on Chris Cuomo’s termination from CNN. pic.twitter.com/yKPwYtMznD
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) December 4, 2021
According to the network, a respected law firm conducted the review and he was terminated immediately afterwards.
Cuomo said in a statement Saturday that he was disappointed by the decision but proud of the work done by the team behind the show.
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) December 4, 2021
As he said, “This is not how I wanted my time at CNN to end, but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother.” As disappointing as this is, I am extremely proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN’s #1 show during that most competitive time slot. I am indebted to them and will miss that group of special people.”
CNN Jeff Zucker “Decision was not easy”
The head of CNN parent company WarnerMedia News, Jeff Zucker, said in a statement that he told Cuomo the news on Saturday after the network determined he was involved in his brother’s defence.
Zucker said, “It goes without saying that these decisions are not easy to make, and there are a lot of complex factors involved.”
According to a statement from the network, the Attorney General’s investigation raised “serious concerns” about Cuomo’s conduct.
The statement said: “When Chris Cuomo admitted to us that he offered advice to his brother’s staff, we publicly acknowledged that he had broken our rules.” However, we also understood his unique situation and his need to put family first before work. These documents indicate, however, that he was more involved in his brother’s efforts than we previously realized. Therefore, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.”
Chris Cuomo said Wednesday that advising his brother was never meant to interfere with colleagues and his suspension from the network was “embarrassing.”
According to Cuomo, the advice he gave his brother was based on the truth.
According to the CNN statement on Saturday, “additional information has come to light” during the review of the document dump. A CNN spokesperson refused to elaborate further on the information.