Chris Cuomo is no longer with CNN after the network announced Saturday it fired the star news anchor, “effective immediately.”
“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,” CNN said in a statement.
“While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light,” CNN continued in its statement, “despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.”
After the news became public, the Cuomo Prime Time anchor posted a statement on his Twitter
“This is not how I want my time at CNN to end but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother,” the statement said. “So let me now say, as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive time slot. I owe them all and will miss that group of special people who did really important work.”
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) December 4, 2021
The New York Attorney General’s office released documents and exhibits on Monday in connection with its investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Cuomo’s brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as previously reported.
Some of the documents included text messages and deposition testimony. The texts showed Cuomo interacted with his media contacts to get ahead of any potentially damaging stories about his brother.
On Tuesday, CNN suspended Cuomo before making his termination final on Saturday.
The 51-year-old journalist first joined the network in 2013 as co-host of its morning show. In 2017, Cuomo Prime Time made its debut on the network.
CNN has not made a statement on what will happen with Cuomo’s namesake show.