The cable news anchor was dismissed from his post only days after having been suspended for assisting his brother devise a strategy to navigate the fallout from sexual harassment allegations.
As Breaking Daily News has previously reported, the CNN host was also accused of seeking information on his brother’s alleged victims. He had worked at the network for eight years before his termination over the weekend.
Chris Cuomo Fired by CNN, Network Says
In a tweet posted Saturday, CNN said Chris Cuomo was dismissed “indefinitely” from his prime time position at the network.
“Chris Curomo was suspended earlier this week pending evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother’s defense,” the cable news outlet wrote. “We have retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately.”
“While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light,” the statement read. “ Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.”
Chris Cuomo Responds
Cuomo quickly responded to the news of his firing in a tweet of his own.
“This is not how I want my time at CNN to end,” he wrote. “But I have already told you why and how I helped my brother.”
“So let me now say as disappointing as this is,” he continued, “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.”
CNN Reports on Chris Cuomo
In a story published some five hours after the network announced Cuomo’s firing, CNN reported on its own firing of the anchor.
The outlet reported that the production crew will continue to work on Cuomo Prime Time moving forward, but that longtime Cuomo substitute and cable news pundit Michael Smerconish will fill the slot.
The network reported that Cuomo was “effectively working as an unpaid aide to the governor” while also “working as one of CNN‘s top anchors.”