Publisher abandons plans to release Chris Cuomo’s book – .

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Chris Cuomo fired by CNN for helping with brother scandal – .


NEW YORK – A book planned by Chris Cuomo has been canceled as the fallout continues for the former CNN host who privately helped his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, respond to allegations of sexual harassment .

A spokesperson for Custom House, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he would not be releasing Cuomo’s “Deep Denial”. The book was slated for fall 2022 and was billed as “a provocative analysis of the hard truths that the pandemic and the Trump years have revealed about America – about our strength and character – and a roadmap of the work needed to make our ideals match reality. “

The spokesperson declined to comment further.

CNN chief Jeff Zucker opened up about the layoff in a public meeting with employees on Tuesday, saying Cuomo would not receive any severance pay after the network came to the conclusion that their star anchor had lied to them, according to people familiar with the call. who spoke on condition of anonymity.

There was no immediate comment from a Cuomo representative.

Cuomo was fired by CNN on Saturday. He had been suspended indefinitely after files released by the New York attorney general showed the host had participated in his brother’s defense efforts to a greater extent than previously thought.

Zucker, president of WarnerMedia News and Sports, told employees he made the decision to fire Cuomo without any pressure from business owners. CNN, which is part of WarnerMedia, is currently owned by AT&T, but an ongoing merger would put the network under the control of a new company merged with Discovery.

Facing reporters who work for him, Zucker heard some of the same questions voiced by outside critics, who essentially wondered why CNN took so long to take decisive action against him after knowing since last May that the presenter of CNN had developed a strategy. with the help of his brother.

Shortly after this news broke, CNN management discussed the possibility of Chris Cuomo taking time off to help his brother, who ultimately resigned as governor of New York in August. Chris Cuomo rejected the idea, according to a CNN executive familiar with the discussions.

Cuomo apologized and CNN made it clear that his actions were wrong. But no further action was taken at the time as the network tried to give him some leeway to deal with the natural desire to want to help a family member in crisis, Zucker explained.

When the New York attorney general released new details last week, it became clear to CNN that Chris Cuomo had lied to them about how he actively participated in his brother’s defense, offering to find a lead on the one of Andrew’s accusers and probing other reporters on what they knew about the case.

Zucker told CNN employees the network couldn’t handle this. CNN was moving towards the move even before being contacted by a lawyer for a woman who accused Chris Cuomo of sexual harassment before working for CNN, a charge Cuomo denied.

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