Liberal network CNN and their former host Chris Cuomo have been mercilessly mocked and pilloried online after Saturday’s firing. And it could get worse for Cuomo as time goes by.
On Saturday, CNN confirmed in a statement that Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week while they evaluated new information about his involvement with his brother’s defense. The network statement said they hired a respected law firm to conduct the review. After the review was completed, Cuomo was immediately terminated.
“While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light,” CNN’s statement read. “Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.”
A report in The New York Times indicated the bell has only begun to toll for Chris Cuomo. The Times reported that prominent employment lawyer Debra Katz informed the network that one of her clients claimed sexual misconduct by Chris Cuomo. The allegation is being made by an individual identified as a junior colleague at a different network and it is not related to similar allegations against his brother, former New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Times was not clear what role the allegation played in CNN’s decision to dismiss Cuomo.
Ms. Katz also reportedly represents Charlotte Bennett, a onetime Gov. Cuomo aide, who alleged sexual harassment by the former governor in February.
Cuomo spokesman Steven Goldberg said Saturday in a statement, “These apparently anonymous allegations are not true.”
The former CNN anchor communicated with former Gov. Cuomo to help with a strategy to combat sexual harassment allegations against the then-governor. That involvement in his brother’s sexual misconduct responses may have caused Chris Cuomo to be hoisted by his own petard just as his broadcast career had peaked.
“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,” Cuomo said in a Saturday statement. “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.”
There were some notable reactions on social media.
Political strategist Caleb Hull opined, “Chris Cuomo should have been fired a long time ago when he tested positive for COVID, left his house anyway, got into a fight with a cyclist, and then making (sic) a spectacle of him leaving quarantine for the ‘first time’ when we all knew the truth.”
The Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway posted her reaction on Twitter Saturday. “So whatever Chris Cuomo did, it was worse than peddling Russia collusion lies like @jaketapper does, and worse than
@JeffreyToobin’s at-work self-pleasuring,” Hemingway blasted. “Because they’ve both kept their CNN jobs.”
“Tood-a-loo, Fredo,” commented Ned Ryun.
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