NEW YORK (KNX) — Anchor Chris Cuomo has been “terminated” by CNN, effective immediately, said the network Saturday.
Cuomo’s firing comes after an outside law firm reviewed information regarding his efforts to aid his brother, former New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo, when the governor was accused of sexual harassment.
His show, “Cuomo Prime Time,” was often the network's highest-rated show.
“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,” said a CNN statement.
Cuomo initially declined to comment on his suspension and said on Wednesday said it was “embarrassing” but understandable.
The top CNN anchor’s involvement with the governor's office were reported several months ago, said CNN. However, more specific details came out through a “massive document dump on Monday.”
These documents were released by New York Attorney General Letitia James after an investigation into the governor. They showed that Chris Cuomo essentially worked as an unpaid aide for his brother. CNN management said the “thousands of pages of additional transcripts and exhibits” would be reviewed “over the next several days,” when the documents were released.
“The cozy and improper nature of the relationship was conveyed through text messages obtained by James' office,” said CNN. Cuomo sought to use his connections in the press to help prepare Andrew Cuomo's team as accusers started to make their stories public, the network added.
When his brother resigned as governor in August, Cuomo said “this situation is unlike anything I could have imagined,” and noted that he never reported on the sexual harassment scandal.
“CNN management showed support for Cuomo,” said the network.
However, some CNN staffers were believed Cuomo had committed “violations of journalistic norms.”
“When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother's staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly,” the network said in a statement. “But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second.”
CNN intends to continue investigating the matter.