Embattled CNN primetime host Chris Cuomo says he is ’embarrassed’ after being suspended by the network after it was revealed he provided greater assistance to his brother Andrew over sexual harassment allegations than he previously admitted.
Speaking publicly about his suspension for the first time on his SiriusXM radio show, ‘Let’s Get After It, on Wednesday, Cuomo said that he understands why people believe he violated journalism ethics.
‘Quick note about the obvious,’ Cuomo told his listeners at the top of the program. ‘I’ve been suspended from CNN.’
After asking his producer to ‘cut the music,’ the broadcaster launched into a monologue addressing his professional woes.
‘You know this already. It hurts to even say it, it’s embarrassing, but I understand it and I understand why some people feel the way they do about what I did,’ he said at the top of the program.
‘I’ve apologized in the past and I mean it, it’s the last thing I ever wanted to do was compromise any of my colleagues and do anything but help.
‘I know they have a process that they think is important and I respect that process so I’m not going to talk about this anymore than that.’
On Monday, New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office released text messages that showed Cuomo helped strategize brother Andrew Cuomo’s response to the sexual harassment scandal earlier this year
The network on Tuesday evening said that Cuomo, 51, was suspended indefinitely, with Anderson Cooper extending his hour-long show to two hours, to cover Chris’s 9pm slot.
Embattled CNN primestime host Chris Cuomo says he is ’embarrassed’ after being suspended by the network after it was revealed he provided greater assistance to his brother Andrew over sexual harassment allegations than he previously admitted
Newly-released texts from CNN host Chris Cuomo (right) reveal he helped strategize brother Andrew Cuomo’s (left) response to the sexual harassment scandal earlier this year
The network’s statement said: ‘The New York attorney general’s office released transcripts and exhibits Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense,’ CNN said on Tuesday.
‘The documents, which we were not privy to before their release, raise serious questions.
‘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.
‘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.’
Cooper on Tuesday night, anchoring Chris’s show, read the statement out on air.
‘Some news, now, about this network – it involved Chris Cuomo, the host of Cuomo Prime Time,’ Cooper said, before reading the prepared remarks.
He then handed over to Don Lemon – who went immediately to ‘breaking news’ of a Michigan school shooting, which happened several hours ago.
The night before, Lemon was effusive in his handover from Cuomo, saying: ‘It is good to see you, I know you had a great Thanksgiving, I hope that you did.
‘I missed you, I am grateful for your friendship and your love, I think that you are fantastic.
‘You are one of the kindest people I know on this planet, there you go, I meant every word.’
The suspension came just a day after CNN revealed it would decide Cuomo’s fate in the coming days.
CNN was referring to documents released by the New York attorney general on Monday showing text messages between Chris and his brother’s advisors as they struggled to handle allegations of sexual harassment.
Chris has admitted on air that he helped his brother as he battled the allegations, made by 12 women. Andrew, 63, resigned as governor of New York in August.
But Chris has insisted his involvement was minimal, and he was never a member of his brother’s team. The text messages released on Monday contradicted him, showing constant contact with the then-governor’s aides.
This is a developing story