New York , Fired CNN anchor Chris Cuomo announced on Monday that he would also be leaving his SiriusXM radio show.
“The way my time at CNN ended was tough,” he posted on instagram, “While I have thick skin, I also have a family for whom the past week has been exceptionally difficult.”
“So, right now, I have to take a step back and focus on what happens next,” he continued. “That means I’m no longer doing my SiriusXM radio show.”
Over the weekend, CNN fired Cuomo. The move came shortly after allegations of sexual harassment were made. The woman, who has opted to remain anonymous, brought her allegations against Cuomo to CNN through her attorney, Debra Katz, last week. Katz did not provide any details about the alleged behavior, believed to have occurred before Cuomo joined CNN in 2013.
But the network pointed to his actions in helping his brother, former New York governor Andrew Cuomo, through his sexual assault scandal. The network brass previously suspended Chris Cuomo.
The news network said in a statement: “Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information about his involvement with his brother’s defense. Retained for a reputable law firm, and terminated the same, effective immediately.”
“In the process of that review, additional information has emerged,” the CNN statement said. “Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.”
Chris Cuomo replied on Twitter that he is proud of the work the network has done.
“This isn’t how I want to end my time at CNN, but I’ve already told you why and how I helped my brother. So it’s disappointing to say now that I’m more on the team at Cuomo Prime.” Can’t be prouder. The time and work we put in to be CNN’s No. 1 show in the most competitive time slot.”
The former CNN anchor pressed sources for information about her brother’s allegations and reported back to the governor’s staff, and was proactive in helping to prepare his response to the allegations, according to emails from State Attorney General Letitia James. A transcript of his testimony to the investigators working for him. Her office found that Andrew Cuomo sexually assaulted at least 11 women.
When the governor faced allegations of harassment, Chris Cuomo admitted to having previously spoken to and counseled his brother. But information released last week reveals more details about what Chris Cuomo actually did. Andrew Cuomo resigned in August and avoided a possible impeachment trial.
During the first two months of the pandemic, Chris Cuomo interviewed his brother several times on the air. It was a hit with viewers, although it violated CNN’s policy not to report Cuomo on his brother, and was a programming choice that deteriorated over time and additional revelations.
Chris Cuomo often consulted with his brother’s aides when Andrew was fighting the charges last May, sometimes disagreeing with his advice.
“It’s my brother, and I’m trying to help my brother in a situation where he told me he didn’t do anything wrong,” Cuomo testified to investigators in the attorney general’s office last July.
Chris Cuomo, who recently apologized to himself over past sexual assault allegations against him, has insisted he did nothing to try to influence CNN’s coverage of his brother’s political problems , and if they did it would be known quickly.
Chris Cuomo also said that he reached out to other reporters to find out if they were writing stories about his brother, specifically information about what the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow was writing. were asking. He admitted that he did not tell CNN that he was doing so, and that he did not describe his actions as anything out of the ordinary for a journalist.
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Critics had called on CNN to act after the attorney general’s release, with David A. Graham of The Atlantic saying Cuomo should resign — or be fired by CNN if he doesn’t.
After The Washington Post first disclosed last May that Chris Cuomo had consulted with his brother’s aides, CNN issued a statement saying his actions were inappropriate, but that it did not discipline him.
Chris Cuomo, a lawyer, is 13 years younger than Andrew Cuomo, whom he describes as his best friend. He is the son of former New York Govt. Mario Cuomo, who was in office from 1982 to 1996.
He worked at ABC News for several years, joining CNN in 2013 as a co-host of the network’s morning show.
“Cuomo Prime Time” was the network’s highest-rated show this year, airing between the Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon shows at 9 p.m. Eastern Hour.
His firing left a hole in CNN’s Weeknight lineup. Cuomo was generally the most-watched figure on CNN, even competing in the same time slot with industry veteran Sean Hannity on Granthshala News Channel and Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.
A veteran TV executive, Shelley Ross, wrote a column for The New York Times in September saying that Cuomo groped her at a party 16 years ago. Cuomo told the newspaper that “I apologized to him then, and I meant it.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story. This story was reported from Los Angeles.