Chris Cuomo 'disappointed' by CNN firing: 'This is not how I want my time at CNN to end'

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Christopher Cuomo attends the The Hollywood Reporter's 9th Annual Most Powerful People In Media at The Pool on April 11, 2019 in New York City. Photo credit Theo Wargo/Getty Images for THR

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Chris Cuomo said he is "disappointed," following CNN's announcement late Saturday afternoon that he was "terminated" effectively immediately.

The termination follows Tuesday's "indefinite" suspension by CNN after New York Attorney General Letitia James' probe revealed that he assisted his brother, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, with the barrage of sexual harassment accusations against him.

But there's more. The 51-year-old's firing was a done deal after an investigation during which "additional information has come to light," CNN said.

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"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," CNN's statement read. "We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately."

The statement continued, "While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate."

Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo and Chris Cuomo attend a screening of "RX: Early Detection A Cancer Journey With Sandra Lee" during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festiva at SVA Theatre on April 26, 2018 in New York City.
Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo and Chris Cuomo attend a screening of "RX: Early Detection A Cancer Journey With Sandra Lee" during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre on April 26, 2018 in New York City. Photo credit Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival

Cuomo released a statement following CNN's announcement, saying, "This is not how I want my time at CNN to end but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother. So let me now say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more 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 will miss that group of special people who did really important work."

When CNN suspended Cuomo on Tuesday, it said that documents released by James' office indicated Cuomo took a greater level of involvement in his brother's efforts than CNN executives previously knew.

“As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation,” the network said.