CNN “indefinitely” suspended embattled host Chris Cuomo over revelations regarding his secret role in trying to defend his brother, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, from the sexual harassment allegations that forced him from office, the network said Tuesday evening.

Ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo heeded his brother Chris’ advice during the COVID-19 pandemic
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The move came a day after state Attorney General Letitia James released a trove of subpoenaed records that include texts showing the “Cuomo Prime Time” host agreed to contact news industry “sources” for advance information on reports regarding his older brother.

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Chris Cuomo was revealed to be helping his brother, ex-Gov. Andrew, during the latter’s sex scandal.
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In a prepared statement, CNN said the material “shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense.”

“The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions,” the network said.

“When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly. But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second.”

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Text messages discovered during state AG Letitia James’ investigation of Andrew Cuomo.
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CNN added: “However, these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew. As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.”

Employees of the left-leaning cable news channel told The Post earlier Tuesday that the network needed to finally fire Chris Cuomo. 

“How does he still have a job at the network? He’s not a journalist,” one staffer said. 

“‘Cuomo Prime Time’ has the lowest ratings to date. The viewers no longer trust him. His reign at CNN has to end.” 

Another said, “Chris Cuomo enabled a sexual predator, the former governor of New York. He needs to immediately resign or CNN must fire him. 

“Does Chris Cuomo have any journalistic integrity? No.” 

And Elisa Batista of the women’s rights group UltraViolet also said Cuomo “should be fired immediately” for “using his position at CNN to seek information on the accusers.” 

“This a severe breach of journalistic ethics,” Batista said in a prepared statement. 

“CNN should immediately sever ties with Chris Cuomo. Anything less is unacceptable, and further harms survivors of sexual abuse.”


By James Carter

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