CNN on Saturday fired Chris Cuomo, effective immediately, following revelations the prominent anchor helped his brother, Andrew Cuomo, respond to sexual harassment allegations that forced him to resign as governor of New York earlier this year.
“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,” Chris Cuomo said in a statement he tweeted following CNN’s announcement. “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.”
Cuomo was suspended earlier this week when new documents released by the New York attorney general’s office revealed he had advised his brother’s defense more than had been previously recognized. Among other revelations, the documents showed the anchor helped his brother’s office craft official statements in response to the allegations.
In its statement, CNN said it “retained a respected law firm to conduct the review” after which “additional information has come to light.”
“Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate,” the network added.
Chris Cuomo began hosting “Cuomo Prime Time” in 2017 after co-hosting a morning show at CNN. The evening anchor’s ratings soared after he contracted Covid-19 in 2020, continuing to broadcast as he recovered from the virus. He also interviewed his then-governor brother as New York grappled with the pandemic, drawing criticism over a potential conflict of interest.
Andrew Cuomo stepped down in August 2021 after multiple reports came to light alleging sexual misconduct.
“Given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let the government get back to governing,” he said at the time.