Chris Cuomo fired LIVE – CNN cuts ties with news anchor and says investigation brought 'additional information to light'
5th December 2021

CNN star Chris Cuomo has been fired after it emerged he tried to help brother Andrew during his sexual harassment scandal.

A statement from CNN reads: "Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother's defense."

"We 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. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate."

Cuomo, a CNN journalist and primetime host, is the brother of former New York Gov Andrew Cuomo, who was forced to resign after allegations of sexual assault were made against him earlier this year.

According to new documents released earlier this week, Chris Cuomo was in contact with one of his brother's top aides Melissa DeRosa and offered to help craft his defense against the shock claims.

Read our Chris Cuomo live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHAT DID CHRIS CUOMO SAY TO MELISSA DEROSA ABOUT 'A LEAD'?

    New York Attorney General Letitia James released new documents on Monday that "show how Chris mixed his roles as brother and broadcaster," The Atlantic reported.

    The documents show that he texted a top aide to former Governor Andrew Cuomo, Melissa DeRosa, "I have a lead on the wedding girl."

    The woman in reference was an individual who complained that former Governor Andrew had made "an unwanted advance at a wedding," the outlet noted.

    “When asked, I would reach out to sources, other journalists, to see if they had heard of anybody else coming out,” Chris explained in an interview with James' office.

    He claimed he had only been seeking information about whether other complaints against his brother were coming, not trying to get information on his accusers.

    “I would never do oppo research on anybody alleging anything like this. I’m not in the oppo research business," Chris Cuomo reportedly said.

  • Jennifer Korn

    POSITIVE REACTIONS TO CNN FIRING CHRIS

    Several have expressed that they are satisfied with CNN's decision to fire Chris Cuomo.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHAT DID CUOMO SAY ABOUT ROSS' ALLEGATIONS?

    According to Ross’ essay, Chris addressed the allegations on September 23, 2021, saying: “As Shelley acknowledges, our interaction was not sexual in nature. 

    “It happened 16 years ago in a public setting when she was a top executive at ABC. 

    “I apologized to her then, and I meant it.”

    Agreeing with Chris, Ross says in her essay she “never thought that Mr. Cuomo’s behavior was sexual in nature.”

    However, she states that “whether he understood it at the time or not, his form of sexual harassment was a hostile act meant to diminish and belittle his female former boss in front of the staff.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHO IS SHELLEY ROSS?

    Shelley Ross is a veteran television journalist and former executive producer at ABC and CBS.

    She was Chris Cuomo’s boss at ABC News nearly two decades ago, according to an essay she penned for the New York Times.

    Ross worked as the executive producer of an ABC entertainment special and was Cuomo’s executive producer at Primetime Live.

  • Jennifer Korn

    CUOMO ALLEGEDLY SENT 'APOLOGETIC EMAIL' AFTER HARASSMENT

    After leaving the bar, accuser Shelley Ross said that Chris sent her an apologetic email about their bar incident claiming that he felt “ashamed” for how the events transpired.

    She shared a copy of the alleged email which says: “Though my hearty greeting was a function of being glad to see you…

    “…christian slater got arrested for a (kind of) similar act (though borne of an alleged negative intent, unlike my own)… and as a husband i can empathize with not liking to see my wife patted as such…

    “So pass along my apology to your very good and noble husband…and i apologize to you as well, for even putting you in such position…

    “Next time I will remember the lesson, no matter how happy I am to see you…”

    Ross says that by sharing this information she is “not looking for him to lose his job” but claims that “this is an opportunity for him and his employer to show what accountability can look like in the #MeToo era.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    CHRIS CUOMO WAS ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

    Journalist Shelley Ross accused Chris of sexually harassing her at a colleague’s going-away party at an Upper West Side bar in New York City.

    She alleged that Chris greeted her with a “strong bear hug while lowering one hand to firmly grab and squeeze the cheek of my buttock” as her husband watched it all unfold.

    In an essay she penned for the New York Times, Ross claims she stood up for herself after the encounter and alleged that Chris said to her: “I can do this now that you’re no longer my boss.” 

    Ross says she replied to Chris while “pushing him off,” saying:  “No you can’t.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    DID ANDREW CUOMO RESIGN?

    Gov Andrew resigned on August 24 after the New York District Attorney validated the accusations of sexual harassment, which were made by at least 11 women, many of them current or former employees.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHAT WAS ANDREW CUOMO ACCUSED OF?

    An attorney general report found that former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had sexually harassed several women and Chris helped his brother write responses to the press after the sordid allegations began emerging earlier this year.

    The investigation found that Cuomo, 63, "sexually harassed multiple women," including members of his own staff, members of the public, and state employees.

    The results of the investigation led to widespread calls for Cuomo to resign.

    More than half a dozen sexual harassment allegations were leveled against Cuomo earlier this year, with the claims ranging from instances of unwanted kisses, hugs, and groping, to inappropriate remarks of a sexual nature.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHAT IS CHRIS CUOMO'S NET WORTH?

    According to Celebrity Net Worth, Chris has an estimated worth of $12 million with an annual salary of $6 million.

    Born August 9, 1970, Chris, 51, started at CNN in 2013 and his prime time show launched five years later and has been on-air ever since.

    A longtime journalist, Chris' work has been recognized with "dozens of journalism awards and nominations," according to his CNN bio.

    Prior to CNN, Chris worked as a correspondent for Fox Files on Fox News and was also the chief law and justice correspondent for ABC News.

  • Jennifer Korn

    TUCKER CARLSON: 'HIS OBLIGATION IS TO THE PEOPLE HE'S RELATED TO

    FOX host Tucker Carlson seemingly understood the actions of Chris Cuomo, despite saying he "may be an idiot."

  • Jennifer Korn

    CHRIS CUOMO: 'I COULD NOT BE MORE PROUD OF THE TEAM AT CUOMO PRIME TIME'

    Chris Cuomo issued a statement on Twitter, just minutes after it was announced that CNN terminated him.

  • Jennifer Korn

    CNN'S STATEMENT

    A statement from CNN following the termination of Chris Cuomo reads:

    "Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother's defense."

    "We 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. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate."

  • Jennifer Korn

    CUOMO FIRED

    CNN announced on Saturday it terminated Chris Cuomo, who served as a journalist and primetime host for the company.

    The termination comes after the company announced the journalist was suspended earlier this week, after new information revealed Cuomo's involvement in his brother's sexual harassment scandal.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    CUOMO DECLINED TO COMMENT ON SUSPENSION

    According to the network that has placed him on suspension, CNN, Chris Cuomo declined to comment on the development on Tuesday.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    HAS CHRIS CUOMO SPOKEN OUT ABOUT HIS SUSPENSION?

    Over on Twitter, Chris Cuomo has not posted about his suspension from CNN.

    In fact, he hasn't shared an original post on the social media site since November 26.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    'I NEVER ATTACKED ANYONE'

    Chris Cuomo also had previously debunked claims of his involvement in the efforts by Andrew's aides to stave off the growing scandal.

    The CNN host said: “I never attacked nor encouraged anyone to attack any woman who came forward."

    "I never made calls to the press about my brother’s situation. I never influenced or attempted to control CNN’s coverage of my family.”

    He said at the time he had no plans to comment further. “This will be my final word on it,” the host said before cutting to a commercial.

    “Let’s take a break. We’ll be right back.”

  • Jocelyn Cook

    'I'M NOT AN ADVISOR'

    In May, Chris Cuomo said: “I’m not an advisor; I’m a brother. I wasn’t in control of anything. I was there to listen and to offer my take."

    "And my advice to my brother was simple and consistent: own what you did, tell people what you’ll do to be better, be contrite, and, finally, accept that it doesn’t matter what you intended."

    "What matters is how your actions and words were perceived," Cuomo said on Prime Time.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    CHRIS CUOMO PREVIOUSLY APOLOGIZED FOR ADVISING BROTHER

    Chris apologized in May after it emerged that he had offered advice to Andrew's aides as the governor faced sexual harassment accusations.

    After that, the host pledged not to discuss his brother’s scandal, but CNN kept him on the air, disturbing some colleagues who considered his role a glaring conflict of interest.

    Cuomo added that the situation involving the governor’s scandal was “unlike anything I could have imagined.”

  • Jocelyn Cook

    CNN'S FULL STATEMENT ON CHRIS CUOMO'S SUSPENSION

    A CNN spokesperson stated: "The New York Attorney General's office released transcripts and exhibits Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo's involvement in his brother's defense."

    "The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions."

    "When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother's staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly."

    "But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second."

    "However, these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother's efforts than we previously knew."

    "As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    CHRIS CUOMO SUSPENDED

    Chris Cuomo has been suspended indefinitely while CNN investigates allegations that he advised his brother Andrew Cuomo through his sexual harassment scandal.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    MEGHAN MCCAIN: 'SUSPENSION IS NOT FIRING'

    The conservative pundit reacted to news of CNN's suspension of Chris Cuomo on Tuesday.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    TRUMP CALLED CHRIS CUOMO 'FREDO'

    Former president Donald Trump has long been a critic of Chris Cuomo, dubbing the younger Cuomo "Fredo," a reference to mob boss Michael Corleone's brother in The Godfather.

    Last year Trump called for CNN to fire Cuomo, tweeting: "Will Fredo be fired by Fake News @CNN?

    "He speaks with great disrespect about women, and it will only get worse. Fredo’s Ratings are bad, so this is the time," the president wrote.

    "Always terrible to speak to sleazebags, especially when you are being recorded. CNN has no choice, Fredo must go!"

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    IS ANDREW CUOMO MARRIED?

    Cuomo is not married but has three children with former wife Kerry Kennedy.

    Twins Mariah and Cara are 25, and Michaela is 22.

    Cuomo was married to Kennedy, the daughter of Robert F Kennedy, from 1990 to 2005.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    HOW MANY CHILDREN DID MARIO CUOMO HAVE? PART TWO

    Madeline, 57, has been married to Brian John O'Donoghue since 1993 and according to The Times, at the time of their wedding, she was a lawyer specializing in matrimonial law.

    Lastly, Cuomo's youngest son Chris was the host of the weeknight Cuomo Prime Time show on CNN until his suspension this November.

  • G. P. Rodriguez

    HOW MANY CHILDREN DID MARIO CUOMO HAVE?

    The couple had five children – Margaret, Andrew, Maria, Madeline, and Christopher – and six grandchildren.

    Their eldest daughter Margaret, 66, is a radiologist, author, philanthropist, and blogger on health issues.

    Followed by Andrew, who was born in December 1957 in Queens, and has served as the 56th governor of New York since 2011.

    Middle child Maria is an Emmy-winning documentary producer.

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