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Chain CNN has fired the presenter Chris cuomo after an investigation by a law firm that, according to the chain, had yielded “additional information.”
Chris Cuomo had been suspended indefinitely by CNN on Tuesday, a day after documents released by the New York attorney general, Letitia James, show he was more involved in helping defend his brother, the then governor of New York, Andrew M. Cuomo, against allegations of sexual abuse.
CNN said in a statement Saturday: “Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of the new information that came to light regarding his involvement in his brother’s defense. We hired a respected law firm to conduct the review and terminated it, effective immediately. During the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite termination, we will investigate accordingly. “
The 348-page investigation transcript and communications logs released Monday as part of the state investigation showed that Chris cuomo played an important role in the rapid response operation to allegations of sexual abuse made against his brother Andrew Cuomo, writing statements for his brother to read and participate in strategic discussions.
Most significant for his role on CNN is that Chris Cuomo relied on his journalistic sources to gather information on upcoming articles that could negatively affect his brother in his futile struggle to maintain the governorship.
Following the suspension on Tuesday, the time Chris Cuomo starred at 9 p.m. on CNN was featured this week by the host. Anderson cooper, who extended his regular 8 p.m. hours Next week, Cuomo’s time slot is scheduled to be occupied by the CNN host on Saturday mornings, Michael Smerconish. The network has not announced any other plans beyond next week.
In a statement made on Saturday, Chris Cuomo said: “This is not how I want my time on CNN to end, but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother. So let me say now, as disappointing as it is, I couldn’t be more proud of the Cuomo Prime Time team and the work we did as CNN’s # 1 show on the most competitive time slot. I owe it to everyone and I will miss that group of special people who did really important work. “
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