Chris Cuomo addressed his suspension from CNN on his SiriusXM show “Let’s Get After It with Chris Cuomo” on Wednesday morning.
“I’ve been suspended from CNN,” Cuomo said. “You know this already. It hurts to even say it. It’s embarrassing, but I understand it.
“I know they have a process that they think is important. I respect that process,” he added. “So I’m not going to talk about this any more than that.”
CNN suspended Cuomo “indefinitely, pending further evaluation” on Tuesday. Documents released the day before by the office of the New York Attorney General showed that he was much more involved in the sexual misconduct case levelled against his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, than he had originally indicated to the network.
Andrew Cuomo faced mutliple sexual misconduct allegations throughout the first half of 2021 that eventually led to his resignation in August.
Charlotte Bennett, a former aide to Andrew Cuomo who came forward in February to accuse him of sexual harassment, called for CNN to “immediately take action.”
“Anything short of firing Chris Cuomo reflects a network lacking both morals and a backbone,” Bennett said in a tweet Tuesday.
CNN has long been aware that Cuomo offered advice to his brother’s legal counsel. However, Monday’s documents showed that he had a “greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew,” said a spokesperson for the network.
The documents revealed text messages between Chris Cuomo and then-top aide to Andrew Cuomo, Melissa DeRosa. The texts revealed that Cuomo was instrumental in forming a defense against the allegations.
They also indicated that Cuomo sought to use his media connections to gain information on accusers before they went public.
The announcement of his suspension came at 6:15 PM Eastern time, less than three hours before Cuomo and his team planned on going live that night. Anderson Cooper 360 was extended by an hour to fill the time slot. The next day a town hall was aired in Cuomo’s place.
There are no long-term plans for a replacement for Cuomo’s show.