CNN suspends Chris Cuomo indefinitely over role in advising governor brother Andrew during crisis

  • CNN suspended host Chris Cuomo indefinitely after documents revealed that his damage-control work during a sex harassment scandal for his brother, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was much more complex than previously known.
  • "The New York Attorney General's office released transcripts and exhibits Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo's involvement in his brother's defense," the news network said.
  • The suspension came after New York Attorney General Letitia James released damning details on how the former governor's brother advised him.

CNN on Tuesday said it suspended host Chris Cuomo indefinitely after documents revealed that his damage-control work during a sex harassment scandal for his brother, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was much more complex than previously known.

CNN earlier had said that they planned to review the details in the documents following their release.

In a new statement, the network told CNBC that they have moved ahead with an indefinite suspension.

"The New York Attorney General's office released transcripts and exhibits Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo's involvement in his brother's defense," the news network said.

"The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions," a CNN spokeswoman told CNBC in an email.

"When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother's staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly. But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second. However, these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother's efforts than we previously knew. As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation."

The change came after New York Attorney General Letitia James released damning details on how the former governor's brother advised him while he was being accused of sexual harassment. Andrew Cuomo has denied wrongdoing.

Ratings for Cuomo's nightly show, "Cuomo Prime Time," were relatively strong, but recently they fell to a low point.

CNN announced earlier this month that the show averaged 826,000 in total viewers this month, "delivering the network's highest rated program in total viewers." The Wrap reported a week after the ratings announcement that Cuomo's program had hit an all-time low in the ratings.

A transcript and exhibits recently released by James show that Chris Cuomo engaged with sources about a woman who accused the former governor of him attempting to kiss her, along with other attempts by the anchor to check on whether other alleged victims were about to come forward.

He also regularly spoke with those in his media circles about future stories that certain reporters were working on, including one by investigative reporter Ronan Farrow, the documents show.

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