CNN said Saturday evening that it has fired one of its star anchors, Chris Cuomo, following new disclosures from the company’s legal review into Cuomo’s involvement in managing his brother’s sexual assault scandal.
why it matters: New documents released last week showed Cuomo used his contacts to gain information about women who accused his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, of sexual assault. Saturday’s firing shows how much pressure CNN was under by staff and critics to address Cuomo’s behavior.
What are they saying: “Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week until further evaluation of new information about his involvement in his brother’s defense,” CNN said in a statement.
- “We have retained a reputable law firm to conduct the review, and effective immediately. In the process of that review, additional information has emerged. Notwithstanding the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.”
what to watch: CNN will have to fill Cuomo’s 9 p.m. primetime spot. Michael Smerkonish, one of the company’s weekend anchors, will fill Next week to Cuomo. The announcement on Friday came several days after the network announced an indefinite suspension of Cuomo.
Editor’s Note: This is a developing story and will be updated with relevant news.