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After initially being suspended by CNN on Tuesday for advising big brother and former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, little brother Chris Cuomo has officially been fired by the network.
According to a breaking New York Times report released Saturday afternoon, the news outlet cut ties with Cuomo as his future with the network hung in the balance after denying claims of communicating with Andrew Cuomo’s team as continuous allegations of sexual misconduct emerged.
New York Attorney General Letitia James provided threads of communication between Chris and Andrew’s senior staffers, intended to track sources that spearheaded the allegations as a way to intercept and quell the media’s scorn.
CNN released the following statement, per the Times‘ report:
“Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother’s defense. We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately. While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. …
“Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.”
Chris appeared on SiriusXM this week to comment on the aftermath of the suspension as “new details released in the New York AG’s investigation of his brother Andrew Cuomo’s sexual assault allegations,” according to OutKick’s Bobby Burack.
Little brother Cuomo responded, “I’ve been suspended from CNN. … You know this already. It hurts to even say it. It’s embarrassing, but I understand it. And I understand why some people feel the way they do about what I did. I’ve apologized in the past. I mean it. It’s the last thing I ever wanted to do was compromise any of my colleagues. And do anything but help.”
Radio host Michael Smerconish will be the interim host of Cuomo’s primetime slot next week. Fellow anchors Brian Stelter and Jake Tapper have been considered prime candidates to take over for Cuomo’s top-rated 9 p.m. (ET) slot. Cuomo has held the slot since 2018.
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