CNN fired prime-time anchor Chris Cuomo for trying to help his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, fight the sexual misconduct charges that led to his resignation.
Announcing the layoff on Saturday, CNN noted “Additional information” had been revealed.
“Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week”, according to a statement, “Pending further evaluation of the new information revealed regarding his involvement in the defense of his brother.”
“We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review and terminated it with immediate effect. During this review, additional information has emerged. Despite the termination, we will investigate if necessary. “
In a statement reported by The New York Times, Cuomo, 51, said: “This is not how I want my time at CNN to end, but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother.
“So let me say now, as disappointing as it may be, I couldn’t be more proud of the Cuomo Prime Time team and the work we did… I owe them all and this special group of people. who did a really important job will be missed. “
The CNN presenter tested a policy of not covering up his brother in early 2020 when, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic and with New York hit hard, the two were talking and joking regularly on the air.
The scandal that engulfed Andrew Cuomo spread to his younger brother, who admitted to offering advice when the governor faced allegations of harassment that he denied, but which eventually led to his resignation in August.
Chris Cuomo was then suspended on Tuesday, after the disclosure of documents gathered during an investigation into Andrew Cuomo by New York State Attorney General Letitia James.
The information released by James showed how Chris Cuomo lobbied sources for information about his brother’s accusers, reported to governor’s staff, and actively helped shape responses to the accusations.
This information prompted CNN to fire Cuomo.
Victims’ rights activist Marissa Hoechstetter, tweeted: “As a survivor who trusted CNN with my story, it is deeply disturbing that Chris Cuomo remains employed.
“His unethical behavior – as well as that of anyone who gives him information in the first place – should be disqualifying for a journalist. If they keep it, we can’t trust them.
Charlotte Bennett, an alleged victim of sexual misconduct by Andrew Cuomo, said: “Much like his older brother, Chris Cuomo has used his time, network and resources to help defame victims, research the opposition and belittle our credible claims.
“Anything that isn’t fired Chris Cuomo reflects a network that lacks both moral and backbone. Will CNN stand up for journalistic integrity, or will it just apologize for its actions because Chris Cuomo runs the ratings? “
On Saturday, CNN took action.