NEW YORK — Chris Cuomo spoke publicly about his suspension from CNN Wednesday amid fallout from revelations of how much the journalist had helped his brother, ex — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, field sexual harassment allegations.
“Hey everybody. It’s Chris Cuomo,” he said on his radio show on SiriusXM. “Let’s get after it. Quick note about the obvious. I’ve been suspended from CNN.”
The network had suspended one of its most popular anchors Tuesday over accusations that he used his media influence to help his brother push back against accusations that he sexually harassed nearly a dozen women.
“You know this already. It hurts to even say it,” Chris Cuomo said. “It’s embarrassing, but I understand it. And I understand why some people feel the way they do about what I did. I’ve apologized in the past. I mean it.”
Interview transcripts released by state Attorney General Letitia James’ office on Monday characterized the younger Cuomo as having reached out to “sources” and “other journalists” as he worked out how to contain the damage wrought by the accusations — a move that CNN said violated journalistic ethics. He also passed on what he learned to the then-governor’s advisers.
That included allegedly updating Andrew Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, with information he gathered from other journalists regarding the emergence of new accusations, according to 169 pages of transcripts of testimony and electronic messages. Andrew Cuomo resigned his governorship in August, denying any wrongdoing.
CNN suspended Chris Cuomo, who had anchored his eponymous show “Cuomo Prime Time” since 2017, after a second report revealed the depth of his alleged involvement.
“It’s the last thing I ever wanted to do was compromise any of my colleagues. And do anything but help,” Chris said, adding of CNN, “I know they have a process that they think is important. I respect that process. So I’m not going to talk about this anymore than that. So for right now, let’s just get after it, and there’s plenty to do on that score.”
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