Chris Cuomo attends Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC, and GFI’s Annual Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day at Cantor Fitzgerald on September 11, 2018 in New York City.
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CNN sacked prime-time Chris Cuomo on Saturday after “new information” emerged during a review of how he helped his brother and former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo respond to allegations of sexual harassment.
The news network said it had hired a law firm and would continue its investigation “as needed” despite Cuomo’s dismissal. CNN did not provide any further information about the information revealed during the review.
Cuomo said in a statement on Saturday he was disappointed with CNN’s decision.
Cuomo, who has been an anchor at CNN for nearly a decade, was initially suspended indefinitely after the New York Attorney General released documents showing the TV personality had a much larger role in advising Andrew Cuomo’s advisors played as previously known.
Chris Cuomo, the top-rated host at CNN, told investigators he spoke to media sources for information about at least one of his brother’s accusers, the transcripts read.
Cuomo’s resignation comes after one of Andrew Cuomo’s accusers, Charlotte Bennett, urged the news network to fire him.
The former governor has denied wrongdoing. He resigned in August after Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat now running for governor, published the damning report containing allegations against Andrew Cuomo by about a dozen women
Ratings for Chris Cuomo’s nightly show “Cuomo Prime Time” have been relatively strong but have recently hit rock bottom.
CNN announced last month that the show had an average of 826,000 viewers and “has the highest rated program on the network in terms of total viewership.” The Wrap reported a week after the audience announcement that Cuomo’s program had hit an all-time low.
– CNBC’s Spencer Kimball contributed to this report.