How much is NewsNation paying Chris Cuomo? Ex-CNN host gets extensive wardrobe and travel allowance
Chris Cuomo is reportedly set to join NewsNation for a show at 8 pm from October 3. Cuomo will get a multimillion-dollar salary for his role at the company, which will be taped from Manhattan. At his new job, Cuomo will also receive an extensive wardrobe and travel allowance. This is Cuomo's first attempt to recover his career after being fired from CNN last year. Back then, Cuomo tried to help his brother, former New York governor Andrew Cuomo, when multiple women accused him of harassment.
According to the Daily Mail, commentator Bill O'Reilly will feature as a guest but will not be a full-time contributor. A spokesman for NewsNation said Cuomo's new program will be broadcasted from the cable news outlet's studio in Manhattan. They said, "In addition to 'Dan Abrams Live,' Chris Cuomo will have a studio at PIX along with other New York based NewsNation shows." According to Indiwire, NewsNation's viewership hovers around 50,000, and 8,000 comes from the 25-54 age group. The channel claims to skew neither left nor right.
A source told New York Post that Cuomo may have been lacking leverage after being booted from CNN. The source referred to Cuomo as "damaged goods" and said, "I don’t think he had a lot of leverage." At NewsNation, he will reportedly earn $1 million, which is only a fraction of his former $6 million-a-year paycheck at CNN, the Daily Mail said.
CNN announced in December last year that Cuomo had been "terminated" by the network, "effective immediately." The development came amid an investigation into his involvement in helping defend his brother Andrew Cuomo against allegations of sexual misconduct. "We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately," a statement posted to CNN's official communications Twitter account said at the time.
"While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate," the statement added. The producers and other staffers who work on "Cuomo Prime Time" will remain in place, but Cuomo will be substituted by Michael Smerconish.
The termination came after documents that surfaced showed that Chris Cuomo had offered advice to his politician brother. The messages between the anchor and several aides and allies of the governor revealed that Cuomo attempted to make use of his connections in the press to help prepare Andrew Cuomo's team as stories by accusers began to become public. "I'm not an adviser. I'm a brother. I wasn't in control of anything. I was there to listen and offer my take," Cuomo had said. CNN subsequently claimed that the case was serious enough to merit a suspension. The network said that the "documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother's efforts than we previously knew", as a result of which, they suspended Cuomo indefinitely.