!! Breaking News !! CNN fired presenter Chris Cuomo in December 2021. He was ultimately fired by CNN for allegedly helping his politician brother, Andrew Cuomo in the defense against the sexual harassment allegations. Chris Cuomo’s brother Andrew Cuomo, who had been serving as the 56th Governor of New York since 2011 resigned in 2021 amidst numerous sexual misconduct allegations.
Chris Cuomo issued a statement on social media to confirm his exit from CNN. He wrote,
“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. 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.”
Is Chris Cuomo Still on CNN?
No, Chris Cuomo is no longer part of CNN. Following the reports that Chris assisted in the defense against the sexual harassment allegations surfaced, he was suspended indefinitely by CNN on 30 November 2021. Fews days later on 4 December, CNN fired him. He was the presenter of the weeknight news analysis show, Cuomo Prime Time.
Beginning in late 2020, Andrew Cuomo started facing allegations of sexual harassment. The investigation commissioned by New York attorney general Letitia James reported in August 2021 that the sitting governor, Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women during his time in office. President Joe Biden called for Cuomo’s resignation and he officially resigned from office on 23 August 2021. He would face misdemeanor sex crime charges in Albany City Court.
What was Chris Cuomo’s Role in Andrew Cuomo’s Sexual Harassment Allegations Case?
In the light of sexual harassment allegations against Andrew Cuomo, his brother Chris Cuomo stated on his program in March 2021 that he could not cover any issues regarding the allegations on his program, acknowledging his obvious conflict of interest. However, reports surfaced that Chris participated in strategic discussions to advise his brother on how to respond to the allegations. CNN initially decided not to take any disciplinary action against Chris. He subsequently issued an apology stating that advising his brother was a “mistake”. He later stated in August that he persuaded his brother, Andrew to step down as governor.
After the New York general’s office released documents on 29 November 2021 that Chris used his media sources to uncover information about his brother’s accusers. The document also showed that he helped formulate statements for his brother, Andrew, and was actively involved in his brother’s misconduct case. In the light of new reports, CNN suspended Chris Cuomo indefinitely on 30th November. On 4 December 2021, CNN terminated Chris Cuomo’s employment. CNN also announced to investigate Chris’s involvement with his brother, Andrew’s defense.