CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has spoken out about his indefinite suspension from the network after information came to light about the way he helped his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was facing charges of sexual harassment.
Chris Cuomo says he’s hurt and embarrassed about being indefinitely suspended as a primetime host from CNN.
“Quick note about the obvious — I’ve been suspended from CNN,” Cuomo told listeners of his SiriusXM Satellite Radio show, “Let’s Get After It.”
“You know this already. It hurts to even say it. It’s embarrassing, but I understand it. And I understand why some people feel the way they do,” Cuomo said.
CNN suspended Cuomo Tuesday after new information was uncovered that detailed his efforts to help his brother.
According to The Associated Press, documents, emails and text messages released by the New York Attorney General’s office, showed Cuomo used his contacts to collect information on his brother’s accusers. The network said documents released by New York’s attorney general Monday indicated Cuomo took a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than CNN executives previously knew.
“The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions,” CNN said in a statement. “As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation,” the network said.
“The last thing I ever wanted to do was compromise any of my colleagues or do anything but help,” Cuomo said in the first minute of the radio broadcast.
“I’ve apologized in the past,” Cuomo added.
Cuomo, who recently apologized after a sexual harassment allegation against him, has insisted he has done nothing to try to influence CNN’s coverage of his brother’s political problems, the AP reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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