- CNN fired primetime anchor Chris Cuomo on Saturday.
- The network said it found the new information during a review to help her brother, Andrew Cuomo.
- He advised the former New York governor to respond to allegations of sexual assault.
- CNN did not elaborate on whether the new information was received. The network has retained a law firm.
- Cuomo said he was disappointed with CNN’s decision.
CNN fired primetime anchor Chris Cuomo on Saturday after “new information” surfaced that he had helped his brother and former New York gov. Andrew Cuomo responds to sexual harassment allegations.
The news network said it has retained a law firm and will proceed with its investigation as “appropriate” despite Cuomo’s termination. CNN did not provide further details about what information it uncovered during its review.
Cuomo said in a statement Saturday that he was disappointed with CNN’s decision.
Cuomo, who has been an anchor at CNN for nearly a decade, was initially placed on an indefinite suspension after the New York State Attorney General released documents showing that the TV personality’s associates of Andrew Cuomo were already being held. Had a much bigger role than is known.
Chris Cuomo, who was the top-rated anchor at CNN, told investigators he spoke with sources in the media to gain intelligence on at least one of his brother’s allegations.
Cuomo’s termination comes after one of Andrew Cuomo’s allegations, Charlotte Bennett, called on the news network to fire him.
The former governor has denied wrongdoing. In August she resigned after Attorney General Letitia James, a fellow Democrat now running for governor herself, released damaging reports that included allegations against Andrew Cuomo about a dozen women.
Ratings for Chris Cuomo’s nighttime show, “Cuomo Prime Time,” were relatively strong, but they have recently dropped to a low point.
CNN announced last month that the show averaged 826,000 in total viewers, “delivering the network’s highest-rated program in total viewers.” wrap A week after the ratings announcement, it was reported that Cuomo’s program had hit the lowest level ever in ratings.
– CNBC’s Spencer Kimball