CNN fires anchor Chris Cuomo over help he gave to politician brother

Published December 6, 2021
CNN's Chris Cuomo is pictured during a televised townhall with Democratic 2020 US presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren dedicated in Los Angeles, California, US. — Reuters/File
CNN's Chris Cuomo is pictured during a televised townhall with Democratic 2020 US presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren dedicated in Los Angeles, California, US. — Reuters/File

WASHINGTON: CNN fired veteran anchor and correspondent Chris Cuomo, the cable news channel said on Saturday, amid an investigation into his involvement with helping defend brother Andrew Cuomo, the former New York governor, against sexual misconduct allegations.

Chris Cuomo had been suspended from CNN over the matter just days before his termination.

“We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately,” a statement posted to CNN’s official communications Twitter account said.

“While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light.”

The termination of services comes after documents surfaced showing that Cuomo, who anchored the 9pm news slot, offered advice to his politician brother that was deemed too close for comfort by his employer.

“The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions,” a CNN spokesperson said on Tuesday, adding they “point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew”.

CNN on Saturday found itself in the awkward position of reporting on the firing of one of its own anchors.

“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,” Cuomo, 51, said in a text message read out on the air by CNN media reporter Brian Stelter.

“So let me now say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at ‘Cuomo Prime Time’,” Cuomo added. “I owe them all and will miss that group of special people who did really important work.”

Cuomo has spoken candidly of his strong bond with his older sibling.

“He’s my brother. And if I can help my brother, I do. If he wants me to hear something, I will. If he wants me to weigh in on something, I’ll try,” he told investigators in July when asked about the counsel he had offered.

Published in Dawn, December 6th, 2021

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