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CNN Fired Chris Cuomo Effective Immediately

CNN retained a “respected law firm” to examine the evidence in the case of their prime time star and his secret work for his brother during allegations of sexual assault. Revelations of text messages and documents from the New York Attorney General’s office about his involvement in protecting his brother caused his suspension until CNN could review it. They determined he was far more deeply involved than at first glance, so CNN  fired Chris Cuomo effective immediately.

“Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother’s defense. We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately… While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.” CNN Communications

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Chris Cuomo responded to his firing with a statement:

“This is not how I want my time at CNN to end but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother. So let me now say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive time slot. I owe them all and will miss that group of special people who did really important work.” Chris Cuomo

CNN’s Brian Stetler told CNN host Jim Acosta that Cuomo was “toxic” on the set and staffers were unhappy.  Previously he stated that Cuomo upheld journalistic standards.

“Chris Cuomo, one of the most popular anchors at CNN, one of the best-known names in television news, violated journalistic ethics and norms not once or twice, but many times and that’s ultimately what is the result of today’s news, Jim. What we didn’t know until tonight, Jim, is that an outside law firm came in and went through the thousands of pages of text messages and sworn testimony that was released back on Monday. So there was clearly something in those documents that was found to be a serious breach of standards and practices…

I do think, you know, this is a moment where journalistic ethics are at play. I know there were many CNN staffers very unhappy with the situation, very frustrated by Chris Cuomo. At the same time, Jim, I was hearing from some fans of Chris, some viewers who said we understood he was looking out for his family…

This was always a very complicated situation. But I think the text messages and the documents this week, showing very deeply involved, very cozy with the governor’s office, very improperly working with the aides, that was ultimately why this was announced tonight.” Brian Stetler

CNN may or may not release what the law firm uncovered.  The Chris and Andrew Cuomo are now in the disgraced column.

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Faye Higbee

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