Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has faced multiple scandals this year including numerous allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct.
His brother, CNN host Chris Cuomo, has reportedly offered his advice regarding how to respond to the controversy, causing headaches among the cable news network’s bosses.
“He could never be objective”
In a recent report, The Washington Post explained that Chris Cuomo urged the embattled governor to resist calls for his resignation.
Two individuals reportedly present for the conversation indicated that the CNN personality cited “cancel culture” as a reason for his older brother to remain defiant amid the mounting political pressure.
For its part, the network released a statement acknowledging that such conversations were inappropriate.
“Chris has not been involved in CNN’s extensive coverage of the allegations against Governor Cuomo — on air or behind the scenes,” the statement asserted.
CNN cited the host’s prior admission that “he could never be objective” in such coverage, noting that Chris Cuomo “often serves as a sounding board” for the governor.
“However, it was inappropriate to engage in conversations that included members of the Governor’s staff, which Chris acknowledges,” the statement concluded, vowing that he will no longer participate in further advisory calls with his brother.
“I would never intend for that”
Nevertheless, Cuomo is not expected to face any punishment for his behavior.
The host began his show on Thursday evening with a statement on the matter, admitting that he was “looped into calls” with the governor’s friends, advisors, and staff members, making it clear that he recognizes those decisions caused “a problem” for his employer.
“It will not happen again,” Cuomo added. “It was a mistake, because I put my colleagues here, who I believe are the best in the business, in a bad spot. I never intended for that, I would never intend for that, and I am sorry for that.”
The elder Cuomo’s problems extend beyond the string of at least nine women who have accused him of some type of sexual harassment. In February, reports surfaced that suggest his administration covered up the true COVID-19 death toll among residents of his state’s nursing homes.