CHRIS CUOMO . . . You’re Fired !!!

CHRIS CUOMO . . . You’re Fired !!!

Julia Marsh, Diana Kennedy, & Mary Kay Linge

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has been fired in the wake of revelations he secretly aided the defense of his embattled brother, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo — and the network said it is probing new information on “Fredo.”

“This is not how I want my time at CNN to end,” Chris Cuomo said in a statement.

“But I have already told you why and how I helped my brother,” he continued.

CNN confirmed the firing and said that Cuomo had been “terminated … effective immediately” as an outside law firm continues to investigate “his involvement with his brother’s defense.”

The “additional information” referenced by CNN is sexual in nature, a source said.

“While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light,” the network added – without specifying the nature of that data. “Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.

The “Cuomo Prime Time” star was suspended Tuesday when documents released by state Attorney General Letitia James showed that Chris Cuomo used his press connections to help his brother’s staff pry into the past of a woman who accused him of inappropriately touching her – and then participated in strategy sessions aimed at helping the governor beat the sexual harassment scandal that eventually forced him to resign.

Dozens of text messages showed Chris Cuomo and Melissa DeRosa, then Andrew Cuomo’s top aide, discussing how to respond to the mounting allegations and his brother’s accusers.

He tried to find dirt on at least one accuser, Anna Ruch, after she told The New York Times that Andrew Cuomo made inappropriate advances during a wedding reception at which she was photographed cringing as he held both sides of her face while looming over her.

“I have a lead on the wedding girl,” Chris Cuomo texted DeRosa on March 4, two days after the Times report.

On March 1, the documents show, the younger Cuomo critiqued a statement his brother issued a day earlier and sent DeRosa what he thought should have been the response to harassment allegations by former aide Charlotte Bennett.

The revelations came after months of the anchor’s public claims that all he did was “listen” and “offer my take” regarding his brother’s political troubles.

“I never reported on the scandal,” he said during the Aug. 16 edition of his 9 p.m. weeknight show, as he claimed that network rules prohibited him from covering his brother’s scandalous resignation.

“And when it happened, I tried to be there for my brother,” he insisted. “I’m not an adviser, I’m a brother. I wasn’t in control of anything. I was there to listen, offer my take.”

But in fact, as James’s Aug. 3 sexual harassment report on Andrew Cuomo revealed, Chris Cuomo received “confidential and often privileged information about state operations” as the scandal unfolded – a detail that sparked outrage among some CNN employees.

One colleague told BuzzFeed it was a “disgrace to journalism” that Chris Cuomo “wasn’t fired over his inappropriate conflict of interest.”

Cuomo’s “indefinite” suspension was said to be “pending further evaluation” of thousands of pages of records from James’ probe of the governor.

In September, former ABC executive producer Shelley Ross accused Chris Cuomo of sexually harassing her at a 2005 work party.

Ross claimed that Cuomo grabbed her butt at an Upper West Side bar in front of her husband and co-workers — and later called it a “hearty greeting.”

Cuomo, 51, told listeners of his Sirius XM show last year that he’d renewed his CNN contract, which is worth $6 million a year, according to the Celebrity Net Worth website.

Source:  New York Post.


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