CNN and former anchor Chris Cuomo have turned on one another, issuing scathing statements within the wake of the liberal community firing the now-former “Cuomo Prime Time” host.
CNN introduced Saturday night it had terminated Cuomo efficient instantly, simply days after he was suspended pending a evaluation of revelations about his involvement in defending his scandal-plagued huge brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D., from sexual misconduct claims.
Transcripts from Cuomo’s interview with investigators present the now-former CNN star admitting he would attain out to media sources to search out out about new accusers who’ve but to return ahead publicly. Outstanding legal professional Debra S. Katz additionally knowledgeable CNN she is representing a lady who accused Chris Cuomo of sexual misconduct, unrelated to the allegations towards his brother. The youthful Cuomo has additionally admitted to an incident in 2005 when he squeezed the buttock of an ABC Information colleague with out her permission.
Final week, when Cuomo was suspended for his motion however not but fired, a longtime high-level CNN insider advised Fox Information that the star anchor’s destiny would in the end be tied as to whether or not he lied about or downplayed his function to CNN boss Jeff Zucker.
Zucker had largely stood by Cuomo earlier than suspending him final week when the paperwork revealed Cuomo’s involvement was a lot bigger than beforehand identified. The day after Zucker determined to fireside Cuomo following an exterior evaluation, the 2 sides bickered through statements to the press.
A spokesperson for Cuomo sent a text message to Wall Street Journal reporters declaring there have been “no secrets and techniques” between Zucker and the previous “Cuomo Prime Time” host.
“Mr. Cuomo has the best stage of admiration and respect for Mr. Zucker. They had been broadly identified to be extraordinarily shut and in common contact, together with in regards to the particulars of Mr. Cuomo’s assist for his brother. There have been no secrets and techniques about this, as different people in addition to Mr. Cuomo can attest,” Cuomo’s spokesperson mentioned, in line with the Wall Avenue Journal.
CNN advised Fox Information Digital that Cuomo has “made a lot of accusations which can be patently false” and are disillusioned together with his characterization of occasions.
“This reinforces why he was terminated for violating our requirements and practices, in addition to his lack of candor,” CNN mentioned.
Cuomo announced on Monday that he would additionally give up his SiriusXM radio gig.
“The best way my time ended at CNN is tough,” he mentioned in a press release. “Whereas I’ve a thick pores and skin, I even have a household, for whom the previous week has been terribly tough. So, proper now, I’ve to take a step again and give attention to what comes subsequent. Which means I’ll not be doing my SiriusXM radio present. I’m extraordinarily grateful for the assist I’ve acquired from SiriusXM all through my time there. I additionally need to categorical my honest appreciation for my loyal listeners. I’ll miss our conversations an awesome deal – however I stay up for being again in contact with you all sooner or later.”
Fox Information’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.