On Saturday, December 4, CNN announced that Chris Cuomo was “terminated” from his job at the network “effective immediately.” Now, he is breaking his silence on the stunning situation.
Cuomo claims he was “disappointed” in the decision by the network, which had placed him on indefinite suspension earlier this week.
In a statement regarding his termination, Chris Cuomo 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.”
Chris Cuomo has drawn heavy criticism after he allegedly used his sources in order to aid his older brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, with the sexual harassment claims that led to his resignation last August.
Cuomo continued, “So let me now say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive time slot. I owe them all and will miss that group of special people who did really important work.”
How Did Chris Cuomo Use His Position To Help His Brother?
CNN just announced that Chris Cuomo has been fired after a review by an outside law firm in light of the “new information about his involvement in his brother’s defense.” So the suspension was only an interim step
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) December 4, 2021
As The Blast previously reported, news of his suspension came after documents revealed private text messages between Chris Cuomo and members of Andrew Cuomo’s team.
Chris Cuomo sent a text message that read “Please let me help with the prep” to Melissa DeRosa, one of Andrew’s top aides. In another text message, Chris Cuomo indicated that he would use his “sources” to find information about possible new accusers coming forward against his brother.
Many journalists considered Cuomo’s aid to be a breach of journalistic ethics. According to CNN anchor Jake Tapper, “I cannot imagine a world in which anyone in journalism thinks that that was appropriate.”
Chris Cuomo: ‘I’m Not An Advisor. I’m A Brother’
That “additional information” must be wild https://t.co/b39zNmtx1C
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) December 4, 2021
After Andrew Cuomo resigned in August, Chris Cuomo said, “I’m not an advisor. I’m a brother. I wasn’t in control of anything. I was there to listen and offer my take.” He argued that he simply “tried to be there for my brother” during the crisis.
In a statement released earlier this week, CNN stated, “When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly, but we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second.”
“However,” they added, “these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew. As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.”
The network moved from its initial decision of suspension to termination after consulting with an outside law firm.
They discovered “additional information [that] has come to light” that was not previously known during his suspension. This new information has yet to be publicly disclosed, and a CNN spokesperson declined to comment further.