Melanie Buck is now a former executive producer of “Cuomo Prime Time.” The popular CNN show was anchored by Chris Cuomo. According to reports, Buck begged her CNN bosses to be relieved from her duties at the show over big-time clashes with Cuomo.
At this point in time, the rumors indicate that the disputes involved heated arguments. There have not been claims made about any type of sexual harassment incident. Although the younger Cuomo has gotten himself into those types of issues in the past. That seems to be the Achilles heel of many members of the family.
What She’s Saying About The Rift
Buck was able to stay very cordial when she announced her exit from Cuomo Prime Time. It would’ve been hard for her to go on the offensive against Cuomo. Seeing as how she wanted to remain at CNN. Therefore, when she announced that she was leaving the show after about a 2-year stint Buck mentioned,
“I spent two years as EP on Chris’ show and I’m proud to have led it to #1 at CNN.” she then went on to say,
“We ultimately had significant differences, and I asked to leave the show. I have moved on and am looking forward to my latest role with CNN+.”
Why The Big Fuss?
If Buck isn’t coming out and bashing Cuomo directly why the big fuss? Well, this news about Buck fearing for her safety around Cuomo comes just a couple of days after the news anchor was accused of sexual harassment by a former boss. Shelley Ross whom Cuomo had previously worked under at ABC accused Cuomo of sexual harassment. Ross mentioned that Cuomo grabbed her behind at a work party 16 years ago. Cuomo admitted to the issue, but said it wasn’t “sexual in nature”; this was something that he had apologized to Ross for.
Back To Buck & The Rumors
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This new incident that Chris Cuomo finds himself involved in could include high-end CNN executives. A source inside the company told Page Six, that in fact Buck did request to be removed from working with Cuomo. This all took place pretty much at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. Right before Chris Cuomo would contract the virus and detail his journey on the network.
There have been rumors floating around that indicate CNN had orchestrated some type of hush money payment to Buck. While allowing her to stay on board producing part of the election coverage last year. Those rumors have not been confirmed.
No Word From Cuomo or CNN
This story could potentially be at a dead end, or at least stalemate for the time being. Since both Buck and Cuomo continue to work for the same company it’s highly unlikely that either of them will come out and criticize the other publicly. No one from CNN has directly addressed the claims. At least to this point the altercations that could’ve taken place between Cuomo and Buck don’t seem to have been severe enough to warrant any punishment from the company. However, the Cuomo’s are being hunted, and it wouldn’t be odd to find Chris out of CNN in the near future!