Calls grow for CNN to SACK Chris Cuomo after helping brother Andrew amid sex scandal

Internet calls for CNN to fire anchor after it emerges he used media sources to dig up info on ex-Guv's accusers, based on Letitia James' report


                            Calls grow for CNN to SACK Chris Cuomo after helping brother Andrew amid sex scandal
Andrew Cuomo and Chris Cuomo attend a screening during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festiva at SVA Theatre on April 26, 2018, in New York City. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Despite having been forced out of office, the scandal around former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to grow, with the latest update now involving his brother - CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. On November 29, New York Attorney General Letitia James' office released new documents detailing how Chris used his media contacts to dig up dirt on Andrew's accusers, a role much larger than he previously acknowledged.

The under-fire CNN anchor has been widely attacked for his coverage of Andrew's final year in office, particularly around his response to Covid-19. As the sexual harassment scandal around Andrew grew, CNN eventually banned Chris from covering it, but it appears he found a way to help his brother anyway. The revelation comes as Chris is in the middle of his own sexual harassment scandal, after a late-September revelation he grabbed his ex-boss' buttocks at a bar.

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Chris previously acknowledged helping his brother as the scandal broke out, the full extent of his involvement was never clear. Thanks to the new documents from the AG's office, we now have a good picture and the Internet is not happy with what they have seen. It's led to widespread calls for CNN to fire Chris, which is starting to look like a possibility.

Chris Cuomo attends the Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC, and GFI at Cantor Fitzgerald on September 11, 2018, in New York City.(Presley Ann/Getty Images)

From 'let me help' to statement for brother

In early March, Chris texted Melissa DeRosa, "Please let me help with the prep." That text was sent three days before The New York Times reported on Andrew's attempted kiss of Anna Ruch at a wedding. From there, his involvement only grew, including a full statement on March 12 for the then-Governor about the Times expose. DeRosa then asked Chris to "check your sources" after it was rumored two more people would speak out.

Chris told investigators that he engaged with "sources" about the scandal, both about already published stories and those that were yet to come out. Responding to the release of the documents, a CNN spokesperson said, "The thousands of pages of additional transcripts and exhibits that were released today by the NY Attorney General deserve a thorough review and consideration. We will be having conversations and seeking additional clarity about their significance as they relate to CNN over the next several days."

The network, however, didn't say whether it would fire Chris or if it is even considering doing so. Nonetheless, the internet didn't want him on-air any longer, with many users tweeting for him to be booted.

A billboard urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign is seen near downtown on March 2, 2021, in Albany, New York.  (Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

 

'Chris Cuomo is unethical'

"This was more than brotherly love. @ChrisCuomo was advising the Governor's staff on the strategy to handle the scandal. Most of the journalists I know would have been fired for this," one retired journalist tweeted. Another noted, "Reminder that CNN fired three employees for being unvaccinated but continue to stand by Chris Cuomo and Jeffrey Toobin." One reacted, "Yay nepotism! Sounds like Chris Cuomo should get fired today, @CNN." Carmine Saba, said: "Thank you. As I said before what does it take to fire him? Scandal after scandal. Chris Cuomo has to go."



 



 



 



 

 

"How has Chris Cuomo not been fired yet? This is egregious, and just the latest in his unprofessional conduct," one user slammed. Another tweeted, "Chris Cuomo was intimately involved in running interference for his sex predator brother while he was hosting a prime time news show for @CNN. He needs to be fired and CNN needs to apologize for keeping him this long if they are to salvage any semblance of credibility. One slammed, "Chris Cuomo is unethical and deserves to be fired."