CNN anchor Don Lemon provided zero acknowledgment of his fallen primetime bestie Chris Cuomo, who was fired on Saturday after the community realized of a brand new sexual misconduct allegation in opposition to him.
Lemon and Cuomo have been famously gushy collectively on-air throughout their nightly handoffs, which got here to an abrupt finish final week when CNN introduced it had suspended the “Cuomo Prime Time” host over his involvement in his brother’s scandals.
On Monday, Lemon appeared to have already moved on, doing a pleasant handoff with CNN host Michael Smerconish, who’s filling Cuomo’s vacant time slot for the week, now dubbed “CNN Tonight.”
Following the handoff, Lemon made no point out of Cuomo in his two hours of programming.
Lemon’s strategy (or lack thereof) to the Cuomo drama on Monday was fairly the alternative to the one he had per week in the past following the damning revelations from the New York Legal professional Common’s workplace.
After Cuomo spent the hour avoiding the controversy, Lemon provided his colleague a robust endorsement of his character.
“I’m grateful in your friendship and your love,” Lemon instructed Cuomo. “I feel you might be unbelievable, one of many kindest folks I do know on this planet.”
“There you go. I meant each phrase,” Lemon added.
Little did he know that may be the ultimate on-air handoff with Cuomo.
Throughout their handoffs, Lemon and Cuomo would discuss in regards to the newest headlines and ceaselessly provide phrases of affection for each other. Their chummy on-air friendship even impressed their weekly “Handoff” podcast, which is presumably discontinued.
CNN introduced on Saturday it had “efficient instantly” terminated Cuomo, who had already been positioned on an indefinite suspension for his involvement in his brother’s scandals, after CNN realized of “further info” that expedited Cuomo’s firing.
“Dependable Sources” host Brian Stelter confirmed on Sunday that the “further info” CNN had referenced was a sexual misconduct allegation that was dropped at the community’s consideration by the accuser’s lawyer, Debra Katz.
In response to Katz, her shopper is a “former junior colleague” from one other community, which Stelter asserted was ABC Information. Cuomo had labored at ABC Information from 2006-2013 earlier than becoming a member of CNN. Cuomo has denied the brand new allegations.
Notably, Katz additionally represents Charlotte Bennett, the second girl to accuse now-ousted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment.
The youthful Cuomo was beforehand accused of sexual harassment by veteran TV producer Shelley Ross, who got here ahead in September in a visitor essay from The New York Instances alleging Cuomo squeezed her buttock at a 2005 occasion whereas the 2 of them labored at ABC Information. Ross supplied a replica of the e-mail Cuomo despatched to there on the time apologizing for his actions.
The fallen CNN star additionally introduced Monday that he was ending his radio present on SiriusXM.
The start of the top for Chris Cuomo at CNN started Monday when the New York Legal professional Common’s workplace launched paperwork from its sexual harassment investigation into ousted Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, revealing the anchor was much more concerned in serving to his brother than he publicly acknowledged.
Transcripts from his interview with investigators present the CNN star admitting he would attain out to media sources to search out out about new accusers who’ve but to come back ahead publicly.
“When requested, I might attain out to sources, different journalists, to see if they’d heard of anyone else popping out,” Cuomo instructed investigators.
Cuomo’s admission contradicts what he instructed CNN viewers in August when he claimed, “I by no means made calls to the press about my brother’s state of affairs.”
Three days after The New York Times broke the story about Anna Ruch, who alleged the governor sexually harassed her at a 2019 wedding ceremony reception, the CNN anchor texted high Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa, “I’ve a lead on the marriage woman.”
In one other alternate, DeRosa texted to Cuomo, “Rumor going round from politico 1-2 extra ppl popping out tomorrow,” then asking him “Can u test your sources?”
Cuomo replied “on it,” later writing again “Nobody has heard that but.”
The “Cuomo Prime Time” host snooped into the progress of Ronan Farrow’s reporting about his brother and relayed it to the governor’s internal circle.
He admitted to contacting colleagues of Farrow for updates however claimed it was merely “business-as-usual” to make use of such strategies. Textual content messages launched by state investigators confirmed DeRosa asking about “intel” the CNN anchor had about Farrow’s report on March 15, to which he replied it wasn’t prepared for publication. Farrow’s story was finally revealed on March 18.
Moreover, the transcript from investigators’ interview with Democratic strategist and Andrew Cuomo ally Lis Smith confirmed Chris Cuomo had forwarded her paperwork concerning the governor’s second accuser Charlotte Bennett and her “time in faculty.”