Brian Stelter, CNN's chief media correspondent, said he believes it is possible that Chris Cuomo will be back on air in January.
In an interview on CNN’s New Day Wednesday, Stelter said CNN is evaluating the recent document dump from the New York Attorney General’s Office, which shed light on Cuomo talking about using his media sources to assist his brother Gov. Andrew Cuomo in defending against sexual misconduct claims, and will make a decision once that evaluation concludes.
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"It's a complicated situation. I think the bottom line is that Cuomo is on the bench for now. We're heading into a holiday season. I think it's possible he'll be on the bench for several weeks. It's possible he'll be back in January," he said.
Also on Wednesday, Cuomo addressed his "indefinite suspension" from the network on his SiriusXM show, Let’s Get After It with Chris Cuomo.
He said he is "embarrassed" by the situation and that he respects the process. He also said he is sorry about his actions and declined to further comment on the matter.
During his interview on CNN, Stelter said there are a number of colleagues at CNN who are mad at Cuomo for putting the network in a difficult situation. He said CNN executives are balancing that with Cuomo's popularity.
"You've got media critics condemning Chris, calling on CNN to take action," he said. "You also have a lot of viewers, though, that love Chris Cuomo and are now ticked off that he's off the air and want to see him back."
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CNN announced Cuomo was suspended indefinitely Tuesday following revelations from a document dump that he used his media contacts to search for information to help his embattled brother. His brother Andrew Cuomo was dealing with a scandal after allegations of sexual misconduct emerged. Andrew Cuomo denied those allegations.
CNN previously criticized Cuomo for crossing a line when it was revealed he was advising his brother but did not take him off the air. The news network said Tuesday that the document dump revealed he went further in helping his brother than previously known.