CNN fired Cuomo Prime Time host Chris Cuomo after reviewing documents that showed Cuomo used his media sources to dig up information on his brother, former Governor Andrew Cuomo’s, sexual harassment accusers.
The network said:
Statement on Chris Cuomo’s termination from CNN. pic.twitter.com/yKPwYtMznD— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) December 4, 2021
CNN declined to share the details of the “additional information” that has come to light.
On Monday, New York Attorney General Letitia James released text messages between Chris Cuomo and Melissa DeRosa, Andrew Cuomo’s top aide. These texts showed Cuomo used his media sources to help with his brother’s defense, essentially acting as an aide to Andrew Cuomo himself.
“Please let me help with the prep,” Cuomo texted DeRosa. In one message, Cuomo sent DeRosa a fully prepared statement for his brother to use in response to the sexual harassment accusations.
After the release of these documents, CNN said they would do a “thorough review and consideration” of the files. CNN’s review continued on Tuesday when Cuomo was suspended indefinitely by the network. “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,” CNN said.
Cuomo called his termination “disappointing” in a statement posted to Twitter Saturday evening:
President Trump responded to the firing of Cuomo by mocking him at Mar-a-Lago. Trump said ‘CNN Finally FIRED Fredo!’
Trump at Mar A Lago @TPUSA event right now:— Benny (@bennyjohnson) December 5, 2021
“CNN finally fired Fredo. He should have never had a job in the first place. I called him Fredo. Chris Cuomo. We fought. Now Fredo is fired.” pic.twitter.com/BWXBWGaGa5
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