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There may be no end in sight for the troubled times at CNN and now ousted anchor Chris Cuomo is reportedly seeking a stunning $60 million to settle a lawsuit with his former employer or, as one source puts it, “He wants Megyn Kelly money.”
Cuomo, who was fired in December for allegedly abusing his position in order to run interference for his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who was facing allegations that he made inappropriate sexual overtures to multiple women, isn’t backing off following the resignation of ex-boss Jeff Zucker.
Zucker stepped down as the head of CNN last week over a consensual relationship with female colleague Allison Gollust after nine years at the helm of the self-proclaimed “most trusted name in news” which is mired in dismal ratings and beset by scandals as the network has struggled to adapt to a post-Trump environment.
According to a report by the New York Post’s Page Six, Cuomo “is ready to dig his heels in by claiming that Zucker not only knew about his dealings with the governor — but that the network boss had his own inappropriate dealings with Andrew.”
The report quotes multiple sources, one of whom said that Cuomo isn’t satisfied with being paid only the $18 million that was reportedly left on his contract but as much as $60 million, or as the source puts it “Megyn Kelly money,” referring to the former Fox News personality whose ill-fated jump to rival NBC was a disaster, resulting in her pocketing a reported $69 million after she was fired.
Page Six quoted one source as saying “Chris insists he never did anything for his brother Andrew that Zucker didn’t know about” and that Cuomo and his team are skeptical about the official reason for CNN’s pulling the plug on Zucker.
“His camp believes Zucker wasn’t fired for an inappropriate relationship with Allison Gollust. Everybody knew about that and nobody cared,” the source said. “What he believes happened is WarnerMedia found something in their investigation into Chris, perhaps internal memos or documents which revealed more about Zucker’s involvement with Andrew Cuomo. Gollust was just a convenient excuse.”
The unnamed source added, “Chris intends to fight for every dollar on his contract, and loss of income from the 15 to 20 years left in his career, had Zucker not orchestrated a ‘f–k-job’ on him. He could ask for as much as $80 million but CNN isn’t going to pay that. But there’s an argument he could ask for as much as $60 million.”
“Chris is telling people in the Hamptons he was wrongly fired, humiliated, his career has been ruined, and he wants Megyn Kelly money,” a second source told Page Six.
Last week, the New York Post reported that Cuomo was unlikely to get any more than half of what he was seeking and that “AT&T is negotiating with Cuomo to reach a deal that would give Cuomo likely half the $18 million he is seeking in an effort to shut him up,”
Twitter users took to the platform to toss in their two cents on the Page Six bombshell.
Of course he does. Only he doesn't deserve it and she did.
— Stacy Washington (@StacyOnTheRight) February 9, 2022
He’s not getting anything close to $60M. I heard he settled on $9M. This just proves Chris wasn’t in it for real journalism. He was in it for the money, long-haul.
— Stephon Kennedy (@StephonKennedy) February 8, 2022
Pay me or I talk – isn’t that what most people call blackmail?
— Rick Garboski (@Garboski) February 8, 2022
Burn it down Chris! Love it when they turn on each other.
— Hatman# (@Hatman19225538) February 8, 2022
— Mark Wisniewski (@MarkWisniewski) February 8, 2022
Can you imagine the stories he is willing to make available, I mean spilling his guts, to even hint at this much money? If true. Are you ready? Government informants pale in comparison to what many believe he has in store for what’s left of CNN. Get ready. https://t.co/fqOg8DtIgl
— 🇺🇸Lionel🇺🇸 (@LionelMedia) February 8, 2022
Cuomo could have CNN over a barrel given his closeness to both his disgraced brother as well as Zucker and Gollust who, according to the New York Post, coached the New York strongman on what to say during his famous COVID briefings that so impressed the Hollywood elite that he was honored with an Emmy award for his “masterful” use of television.
There is clearly much that “Fredo” knows that hasn’t made headlines and if he sings, it could be apocalyptic for CNN.
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