Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo will reportedly prepare to file a lawsuit against the network if it would refuse to pay him $18 million at least to cover the rest of his contract worth $6 million per year.
This report surfaces as the ex-anchor revealed that he will also stop being on SiriusXM radio to host “Let's Get After It with Chris Cuomo.”
He revealed his departure through a post on Twitter.
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) December 6, 2021
The disgraced anchor was fired following his efforts to help his brother, ex-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of fluffing up the latter’s reputation by trying to quash any reports on allegations of sexual harassment of him. Chris Cuomo has sought the help of attorneys and is allegedly getting ready to sue if he doesn’t get the pay for CNN for the remaining three years on his contract.
Per a report from the New York Post, sources who are knowledgable about the matter say that his contract was allegedly worth $6 million per year. This leaves between $18 and 20 million following his departure from the network.
The disgraced Cuomo is could likely also seek damages if he files the lawsuit.
A source told the New York Post that the network doesn’t have the intention of paying the ex-anchor anything.
“If he gets a settlement, there would be uproar,” the source went on to say.
Meanwhile, a second source told the news outlet that CNN “has a standard morality clause in their contract that says if the employee does anything of disrepute, they can be immediately fired.”
Similar to his governor brother, Cuomo also had sexual misconduct allegations against him as a former workmate who wished to stay anonymous hired a lawyer and came forward earlier this week, alleging that the ex-CNN anchor engaged in sexual misconduct w/ her.
“Hearing the hypocrisy of Chris Cuomo's on-air words and disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women, my client retained counsel to report his serious sexual misconduct against her to CNN,” attorney Debra Katz mentioned in a statement on the allegation.
Cuomo claimed that these allegations have no merit.
Last Sunday, a spokesperson on behalf of Cuomo told the Wall Street Journal that Jeff Zucker, CNN’s president, knew about his support for his brother.
“There were no secrets about this, as other individuals besides Mr. Cuomo can attest,” the spokesperson stated.
On the contrary, the network said the statement is “patently false.”
“This reinforces why he was terminated for violating our standards and practices, as well as his lack of candor,” CNN added.