CNN fired Star Prime Time anchor Chris Cuomo on Saturday. The network said “new information” was revealed about the degree of involvement in the brother’s fight against the alleged sexual harassment.
Cuomo is “lively” at his retirement and in discussions with lawyers, a person familiar with the matter told The Daily Beast.
“This isn’t the way I want to end my time on CNN, but I’ve already told you why and how I helped my brother,” Cuomo said in a statement shortly after the news broke. I said in.
The end of the prestigious anchor was a surprise to many. The network announced his outage just four days ago on Tuesday, and by Saturday the investigation revealed “additional information”, and Cuomo was immediately kicked by the curb.
It was not immediately clear which new information prompted the decision.
A document released earlier this week as part of an investigation by the Attorney General of New York portrayed a horrifying picture of the newscaster’s role in his brother’s defense strategy. Cuomo told his brother’s aides that he would then use his own sources to investigate-Governor Andrew Cuomo Whistleblower, a serious violation of journalism ethics. In addition, a law firm hired by Cable Network found in an internal review that what Cuomo disclosed to his employer did not match what later appeared in the document, and CNN said it stood on him. Judging, the matter.
The network issued a statement. “Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week while waiting for further evaluation of new information revealed about his brother’s involvement in defense. We are a respected law firm to conduct reviews. And immediately dismissed him. During the review process, additional information was revealed. It was closed, but we will investigate it as needed. “
The law firm began a review of Cuomo’s broadcast remarks and what he said to his employer in the middle of the week and concluded it on Friday. CNN President Jeff Zucker has informed Cuomo that he will be fired on Saturday, according to people familiar with the process.
“Today I have informed Chris that he will end his employment on CNN. Needless to say, these decisions are not easy and involve a lot of complexities,” Zucker told staff. I am writing in an internal memo.
Anderson Cooper took over the airtime occupied by Cuomo’s show on Tuesday night, but CNN insiders are the best candidates for Jake Tapper to take Cuomo’s 9 pm timeframe. It suggests that. Tapper declined to comment.
A source familiar with the matter told The Daily Beast that the cable network-host relationship became unsustainable in the long run because of the problem after the problem with Cuomo. In consideration of the dropout, Cuomo retained public relations expert Ron Trocian.
One CNN insider told The Daily Beast: Chris was toxic and distracting. The network has done the right thing. “
Cable networks initially did not discipline Cuomo. After he assisted in drafting his brother’s official statement and participated in a strategic call with the governor’s aide, he called his relationship with the governor a “unique position.” He pressured Andrew to resign. However, a text message released earlier this week by the Attorney General of New York indicated that Cuomo had asked his brother’s top aide, Melissa Delosa, to “help me prepare.”
Cuomo had previously claimed that “no one had misunderstood,” but apologized on the air for being involved in his brother’s fight, saying “it will never happen again” and “knows where the boundaries are.” “. Mr. Zucker said Cuomo was simply “a person who made a mistake”.
Chris also sent a text message to Delosa, “I am leading the girl in the wedding,” after the allegations that Andrew made unwanted advances to women at the wedding surfaced. Andrew resigned in August.
— With additional report by Justin Baragona