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Will Chris Cuomo ever return to CNN? Insiders believe his time at network is OVER

'I don’t see how he survives this. The buzz inside CNN is it’s over,' an inside source said about celebrity journalist, Chris Cuomo
Chris Cuomo at a Warner Media event at Madison Square Garden on May 15, 2019, in New York City (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for WarnerMedia)
Chris Cuomo at a Warner Media event at Madison Square Garden on May 15, 2019, in New York City (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for WarnerMedia)

Several sources have claimed that Chris Cuomo’s time at CNN has come to an end after the media company’s president Jeff Zucker saw evidence that proved that the journalist had used his high-profile connections to try to help his brother amid the sexual harassment allegations. An insider told The Post on Wednesday, December 1, “It was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Zucker loved Chris, but the e-mails and texts did it.”

Another insider said, “His biggest crime was he lied to Zucker. He didn’t own up to it. There’s nothing worse than an e-mail or text. It’s in writing.” As per reports, thousands of papers made public by state Attorney General Letitia James in the Andrew Cuomo case also made shocking revelations about his younger brother, leaving Zucker shocked and frustrated. The documents showed the younger Cuomo’s desperate efforts to help his ex-governor brother by contacting “sources” in the media world for information, despite publicly admitting previously that he just listened and offered “my take.”


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Will Chris Cuomo ever return to CNN?

After the documents were publicized, Cuomo’s job at CNN, which pays him $6 million annually, is at risk. The network said on Tuesday, November 30, that it had “indefinitely” suspended the 51-year-old “pending further evaluation” of documents released by James’ investigation of the elder Cuomo.

Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo and Chris Cuomo attend a screening of "RX: Early Detection A Cancer Journey With Sandra Lee" during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festiva at SVA Theatre on April 26, 2018, in New York City (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

A third insider stated, “I don’t see how he survives this. The buzz inside CNN is it’s over.” In addition, during a daily news meeting with CNN staffers on Wednesday, December 1, Zucker said of Cuomo’s suspension: “I felt it was the appropriate course of action. We will keep you posted on how we deal with programming going forward.”

Meanwhile, it has been said that if Chris Cuomo was permanently suspended, CNN’s Jake Tapper, who hosts ‘The Lead’, could take his place. CNN’s Don Lemon, who hosts the 10 pm show also appears to be a top contender for the role. But a source claimed that chief media correspondent Brian ­Stelter “wants the job” too.

However, earlier while appearing on CNN’s ‘New Day’ morning show, Stelter said that Cuomo would return soon. He noted that it was a “complicated situation” and though there is fury, “a lot of viewers . . . love Chris Cuomo and they want to see him back on the air.” “I think the bottom line is, ­Cuomo is on the bench for now. We’re heading into a holiday season. I think it’s possible he will be on the bench for several weeks. I think it’s possible he’ll be back in January,” he added.

Chris Cuomo attends the 2014 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2014, in New York City (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

A lot of people on Twitter have reacted to the whole drama. A user tweeted, “Only path for CNN to get back on track: 1.  Immediately clean house and fire everyone. 2.  Play cat videos on repeat (would get higher ratings) 3.  Return to air doing a rotation of journalists focused on down the middle news reporting.  No more celebrity journalists.” The second one said, “I could get more folks watching my show than the two of these dolts put together. Without even show biz experience.” “If he worked ANYWHERE else and used company resources for the benefit of the accused there’d be zero questions— fired. If you want to be a “fixer” be one but you can’t be a credible journalist AND a fixer. It doesn’t work that way. Chris has always been privileged and it’s shows,” the third one added.