Chris Cuomo says CNN suspension ‘hurts’ SiriusXM radio show
CNN’s Chris Cuomo on his SiriusXM radio show on Wednesday addressed the scathing criticism of his covert attempt to guide his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (R), through a sexual harassment scandal, claiming that he felt embarrassed.
The star presenter was indefinitely suspended from CNN on Tuesday after a fuller picture of his direct efforts to help his brother was revealed.
“It hurts to say it. It’s embarassing. But I understand it, “he said on” Let’s Get After It “.
“And I understand why some people feel what they feel about what I’ve done. I’ve apologized in the past, and I really mean it, ”he continued. “It’s the last thing I ever wanted to do is compromise one of my coworkers.”
“I know they have a process that they think is important. I respect this process. So I’m not going to talk about it more than that, ”he concluded.
Several women said Andrew Cuomo maintained a hostile work environment and made unwanted sexual advances, including groping and kissing during his tenure. He resigned in August after New York Attorney General Letitia James released a damning report summarizing her investigation into his conduct.
A wealth of documents related to the investigation became public this week.
Text messages and emails revealed that Chris Cuomo was in regular contact with his brother’s assistants and begged them to let him help craft a response to the accusations. Perhaps most alarmingly, Cuomo attempted to use his journalistic connections to unearth details of women accusing his brother of misconduct – a blatant violation of ethics in journalism.
The Washington Post first reported Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s strategy in May. The presenter quickly acknowledged this and apologized, calling the implication a “mistake,” but CNN decided not to take disciplinary action at the time. The network had banned her from covering stories related to her brother earlier in the year.
The anchor also raised his eyebrows for taking a hiatus from “Cuomo Prime Time” when his brother stepped down in August, but he managed to hold onto his prime-time spot until this week.
CNN said in a statement Tuesday that network management was “unaware” of the documents in James’ office until they were posted online this week and the tapes “raise serious questions.” .
“When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we publicly admitted that. But we also appreciated the unique position he found himself in and understood his need to put family first and work second, ”CNN noted.
“However, these documents indicate a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously thought,” the statement continued. “As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.”