CNN fires Cuomo ‘effective immediately’ after legal review turns up new evidence

CNN finally fired primetime host Chris Cuomo, Fox News reports

The outlet made the announcement on Saturday.

“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,” CNN said. “We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately.”

The statement added: “While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.”

Suspended, then fired

As mentioned in CNN’s statement, the outlet first “indefinitely” suspended Cuomo last week, which resulted from damning revelations of what Cuomo did to help his brother, disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), during his sexual misconduct scandal that dominated the headlines for months earlier this year.

The statement from CNN on Cuomo’s suspension read, “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.

It continued: “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.”

That “involvement” included contacting his high-level media sources in order to discover new accusers who had yet to have gone public. Cuomo, previously, denied such actions, but the text messages released with the AG’s report told a vastly different story of the CNN host’s culpability.

Cuomo responds

Soon after CNN made the bombshell announcement that it had terminated its most valuable ratings-getter, Cuomo released a statement responding to the news.

“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,” Cuomo tweeted.

He added: “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.”

Now, the burning question is what the new evidence was that came to light that forced the network to abruptly fire Cuomo, especially when it was recently hinted that he might be able to come back in January. It must have been pretty bad, to say the least.

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