CNN Fires Chris Cuomo Following Flap Over His Effort to Assist his Brother Andrew
LOS ANGELES – CNN has fired anchorman Chris Cuomo after the network's ongoing investigation into work that Cuomo did for his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was facing multiple accusations of sexual harassment.
“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,” reads a statement shared on CNN Communications’ official Twitter. “We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately."
The company added: “While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate."
Although Cuomo's involvement with the governor's office were reported several months ago, the specifics were only detailed in a massive document release on Monday.by New York Attorney General Letitia James after an investigation into the governor revealed that Chris Cuomo, while working as one of CNN's top anchors, was also effectively working as an unpaid aide to the governor.
The cozy and improper nature of the relationship was conveyed via text messages obtained by James' office. The texts between the anchor and several aides of the former governor's aides and allies showed that Chris Cuomo sought to use his connections in the press to help prepare his brother's legal team when his accusers began making their stories public.