Media outlet CNN has decided to fire Christ Cuomo, who hosts “Cuomo Prime Time,” after reviewing documents that revealed how Cuomo utilized his media sources to get information on the people who accused his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of sexual harassment.
According to the network:
Statement on Chris Cuomo’s termination from CNN. pic.twitter.com/yKPwYtMznD
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) December 4, 2021
However, the network has declined to reveal more details of these “additional information” that have surfaced.
On Monday, New York’s Atty. Gen. Letitia James revealed text messages that were sent between Chris Cuomo and Melissa DeRosa, who is Andre Cuomo’s top aide. The texts shows Cuomo using his media resources in helping with his brother’s defense. In essence, Chris Cuomo acted as an aide to the ex-New York governor himself.
Cuomo texted DeRosa, asking the latter to let him “help with the prep.” Additionally, in another message, Cuomo sent DeRosa a statement that was ready for his brother to use as a response to the sexual harassment allegations.
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CNN Terminates Chris Cuomo Following a Review of Documents
Following the publication of these documents, the network said that they plan to do a “thorough review and consideration.” of the files. This continued on Tuesday, as the network suspended Cuomo indefinitely. “These documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew. As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation,” the media outlet stated.
Cuomo described his termination as “disappointing” in a statement that he published on Twitter last Saturday:
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) December 4, 2021