Chris Cuomo Scandal: CNN Terminates New Anchor Effective Immediately

Chris Cuomo has been terminated from CNN after investigation into his conduct in relation to brother Andrew Cuomo when the former New York governor was being accused of sexual harassment.Cuomo has responded to his termination, which followed a suspension on Nov. 30 and review by an outside law firm after new information came to light about the CNN anchor’s conduct in relation to his brother Andrew Cuomo.

“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,” CNN said.

“While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light,” the statement added. “Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.” CNN did not disclose details of the additional information.

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Following news of his termination on Saturday, Cuomo posted on Twitter.


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“This is not how I want my time at CNN to end but I’ve already told you why and how I helped my brother,” he wrote. “So let me now say as disappointing as this is, I could not be proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive time slot. I owe them all and we’ll miss that group of special people who really did important work.”


On air, CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter said about Cuomo’s exit. “I think this may be a situation where it was death by a thousand cuts, where there were just so many headaches time and time again involving Chris Cuomo. That even though many viewers loved watching Cuomo Primetime and looked forward to his show, he was causing so many headaches for the network and for CNN staffers that ultimately this decision was reached, that’s just drawing on my background and covering other stories like this.”

Cuomo had been at CNN for 8 years after joining the network in 2013, where he began co-hosting its morning show before moving to prime time in 2018 for his weeknight news series.

He was previously a co-anchor for 20/20 and the chief law and justice correspondent for ABC News. Between 2006 and 2009, he was an anchor for Good Morning America after starting as a correspondent and political analyst for the Fox News Channel.

The anchor was suspended on November 30 after the New York Attorney General’s office released transcripts and other documents that shed new light on Chris’s involvement with his brother’s defense, according to a CNN spokesperson.

Cuomo had helped the then-governor craft a response to the numerous allegations against him but that the younger Cuomo also used his sources and contacts to dig up information about his brother’s accusers. He also gathered intel about stories coming through the pipeline by other journalists about the older Cuomo.

The AG’s investigation into Cuomo’s conduct found that the anchor had been gathering information on a story being developed by Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker.  He also had inquired about details around the timing of its publishing and whether Farrow uncovered any new accusers.

“I wasn’t going to call [Ronan Farrow]. I wasn’t going to try to influence any of the stories. And we know that that’s true because you would have read about it had I. It’s not exactly a loyalty-based business.,” Cuomo told investigators. “If I had tried to influence any of the reporting at CNN or anywhere else, I guarantee you, you people would know, and so would a lot of others. So the idea of one reporter calling another to find out about what’s coming down the pipe is completely business-as-usual.”

A deposition and thousands of unsealed documents tied to the New York AG office’s investigation also revealed that Cuomo had asked one of his brother’s top aides, Melissa DeRosa, for assistance responding to allegations against the former governor. The anchor also leveraged his network of sources to acquire more information about a woman that accused the governor of inappropriate touching at a wedding.

According to his deposition with investigators, Cuomo told members of his brother’s team that “I have a lead on the wedding girl,” and that a friend of the bride’s family had given him information about the woman, Anna Ruch — information he shared with his brother’s staff.

In its statement following Cuomo’s November suspension a rep for CNN said that the network was not privy to the new documents “before their public release” but that the contents of said documents had raised “serious questions.”

“When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly. But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second. However, 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 CNN statement concluded.