CNN news anchor Chris Cuomo has been released from the organization after “additional information” emerged during an investigation into his efforts to help his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, deal with allegations of sexual misconduct.
- Chris Cuomo admitted to helping his brother during a sex scandal that ended his governorship
- Andrew Cuomo, has been charged with sexual misconduct while he was governor of New York
- CNN fired Chris Cuomo on Saturday, “with immediate effect”, after suspending him on Tuesday
Chris Cuomo – who hosted CNN’s most-watched news program in prime time, Cuomo Prime Time – has been suspended since Tuesday.
He had admitted in May that he had broken some of the news network’s rules by advising his brother on how to deal with the governor’s allegations from a PR perspective.
Andrew Cuomo, 63, was forced to resign as governor in August after several allegations of sexual misconduct. He has denied any wrongdoing.
In a statement Saturday, CNN said the resignation of Mr. Cuomo would take immediate effect.
“Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that emerged about his involvement in his brother’s defense,” it said.
“We have detained a reputable law firm to conduct the review and have dismissed him with immediate effect.”
The network did not provide details about the new information.
In a statement on Twitter, Chris Cuomo, 51, said he was disappointed.
“It’s not like I want my time on CNN to end, but I’ve already told you why and how I helped my brother,” he said.
He was initially suspended after New York State Attorney Letitia James showed texts and other messages in which he sought to use his own sources in the news media to find out information about the case and the women involved.
A criminal complaint accusing Andrew Cuomo of a sexual offense was filed Oct. 29 in a New York court.
Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, gained national fame last year during the COVID-19 outbreak for his briefings on how New York handled the outbreak and would often appear on his brother’s show.
Chris Cuomo tested positive for COVID-19 and was at one point self-isolating in his basement and had practically attended a briefing his brother held for other journalists.
The brothers’ father, the late Mario Cuomo, also served as governor of New York.