Chris Cuomo is fired from his role as a CNN anchor "effective immediately," the company said Saturday.
CNN said that during an investigation with an outside law firm, more information had come to light about Cuomo's involvement in helping his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, during his sexual harassment scandal that warranted immediate firing. The company did not say specifically what the new information was.
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Statement on Chris Cuomo’s termination from CNN. pic.twitter.com/yKPwYtMznD— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) December 4, 2021
Chris Cuomo said the termination was "not how [he] want[s] [his] time at CNN to end."
"I have already told you why and how I helped my brother. ... As disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time," he added Saturday evening.
December 4, 2021
The CNN anchor was suspended Tuesday after the company looked into claims that he advised his brother about the scandal that eventually cost him the New York governorship, all while covering the story as a journalist. Cuomo allegedly used his contacts in the media to learn more about the women accusing his brother of harassment.
Some, such as CNN reporter Brian Stelter, didn't think the suspension would be permanent and that Cuomo would return to the air in January.
"I know they have a process that they think this is important," Cuomo said of his suspension. "I respect that process. So, I'm not going to talk about this any more than that."
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Andrew Cuomo, who repeatedly denied all claims of wrongdoing, resigned on Aug. 24 following the release of New York Attorney General Letitia James's report concluding that he sexually harassed at least 11 women. He now faces a criminal charge of forcible touching in Albany, New York, and he is expected to appear in court in January.