Is that a threat, Chris? Cuomo hits back over ‘unwarranted termination,’ says CNN boss knew all

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Following the termination of CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Saturday, the disgraced liberal pundit appeared to turn on his former boss, accusing network chief Jeff Zucker of wrongly firing him and insinuating that he knew all about his helping his brother.

A spokesman for Cuomo stated on Sunday, “Mr. Cuomo has the highest level of admiration and respect for Mr. Zucker,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

“They were widely known to be extremely close and in regular contact, including about the details of Mr. Cuomo’s support for his brother,” he continued. “There were no secrets about this, as other individuals besides Mr. Cuomo can attest.”

CNN was quick to issue a statement disavowing Cuomo’s statements.

“He has made a number of accusations that are patently false,” the network asserted, turning on their former anchor with a vengeance. “This reinforces why he was terminated for violating our standards and practices, as well as his lack of candor.”

Cuomo was terminated four days after he was taken off the air and was indefinitely suspended. Even so, colleague Brian Stelter thought he would potentially be back after Christmas. After new sexual misconduct allegations, however, and the surfacing of new details concerning his involvement with his brother’s political misdeeds, the network irrevocably cut ties with their star anchor.

In a statement, CNN promptly threw Cuomo under the bus for allegedly misleading them concerning his efforts to help his brother, former Governor Andrew Cuomo, handle sexual harassment allegations that eventually forced him to resign from office.

Cuomo contends that Zucker knew about everything he did in regard to his brother, but CNN is steadfastly denying that assertion. It sets the stage for a high-profile fight between the two men and a potential legal clash.

Cuomo claimed that he was disappointed but “proud of the team at ‘Cuomo Prime Time.'”

“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. 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. I owe them all and will miss that group of special people who did really important work,” he tweeted.

Originally, Chris Cuomo claimed his involvement with his brother’s scandal was minimal. But Attorney General Letitia James released text messages showing that was not the case and that the younger brother was actively working with the governor’s aides to try and spin the whole ordeal and get his brother out of hot water.

Cuomo’s suspension was ostensibly due to “a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew,” according to CNN.

When Cuomo was suspended last Tuesday, CNN said in a statement: “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. 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.”

On Saturday, The New York Times reported that a new sexual misconduct allegation had surfaced from a former colleague at ABC News and that was evidently the straw that broke the camel’s back. Cuomo has denied the allegation.

Then came the termination statement from the network:

“Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother’s defense. We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately. While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light.”


“These apparently anonymous allegations are not true. To the extent that they were sent to CNN to negate what Chris Cuomo told his audience, he fully stands by his on-air statements about his connection to these issues, both professionally and in a profoundly personal way,” a statement from Cuomo’s representative Steven Goldberg contended.

“If the goal in making these false and unvetted accusations was to see Mr. Cuomo punished by CNN, that may explain his unwarranted termination,” he added.

Social media took note that it is not entirely clear why Cuomo was terminated, but it seems to be twofold with his involvement in his brother’s sordid mess while cultivating one of his own:


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