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Chris Cuomo intends to sue CNN for as much as $60 million.
Reports last week claimed that AT&T, CNN’s parent company, was negotiating a $9 million settlement with Cuomo. Under the discussed deal, CNN would fire Jeff Zucker, which it has done, and in return, Cuomo would not reveal what he knows about Zucker’s wrongdoings while he was head of the company.
However, the New York Post’s Page Six reports that Cuomo now wants $60 million.
Multiple sources tell Page Six that Cuomo — who was fired in December for helping his brother, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, fend off sexual harassment allegations — is ready to dig his heels in by claiming that Zucker not only knew about his dealings with the governor, but that the network boss had his own inappropriate dealings with Andrew.
While Cuomo had $18 million left on his contract, the report says he plans to sue for more because he believes CNN has permanently damaged his career.
Cuomo is basing the $60 million mark on Megyn Kelly’s settlement with NBC. In 2019, Kelly won a $69 million settlement from NBC after the network fired her over comments about blackface that critics used to destroy her.
Does Cuomo have a case?
Well, there’s evidence that suggests Zucker and the woman with whom Zucker has had an extra-marital relationship were the ones inappropriately assisting Andrew Cuomo. Chris Cuomo says he had disclosed to Zucker the extent to which he advised his brother.
“Chris insists he never did anything for his brother Andrew that Zucker didn’t know about,” the Post adds.
Moreover, Zucker was the one who lifted the ban that prevented Chris Cuomo from covering or interviewing his brother in the spring of 2020, around the time of Andrew’s noted COVID briefings.
So if Cuomo’s version of the story is true, he has a case that CNN permanently damaged his career. It’s hard to see Cuomo finding another gig in the news industry after his ousting.
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Has ‘Fredo” sent his resume to SPOTIFY ??? Just a thought …
60 million, eh? Let’s see, that’s one million per viewer.
Heck dude, just borrow the money from your brother and be done with it.