Entertainment Chris Cuomo Breaks On-Air Silence Over Brother Andrew Cuomo's Scandal and Resignation
Chris Cuomo's revisionist history
Overall, the theme of Chris Cuomo's statements around why he advised his brother centered on placing family above all else, including his role as a journalist. "I'm not an adviser, I'm a brother. I tried to do the right thing and I just want you all to know that," he said before later adding: "I did advise my brother to resign when the time came." That advice likely came after the New York attorney general's report released earlier this month, which includes references to Chris Cuomo's involvement in advising his brother on how to respond to allegations of sexual harassment.
has broken his long-held on-air silence regarding his brother. The CNN anchor addressed sexual harassment scandal and resignation during Monday's Cuomo Prime Time. Andrew has denied acting inappropriately, but said he would step down to "let government get back to governing."
"I've told you, it's never easy being in this business and coming from a political family, especially now," Chris said at the end of his broadcast. "This situation is unlike anything I could have imagined."
"And yet, I know what matters, at work and at home. Everyone knows you support your family. I know you appreciate and support that," he continued. "But you should also know I never covered my brother's troubles because I obviously have a conflict, and there are rules at CNN about that."
Chris Cuomo Says He Urged Andrew Cuomo To Resign After Harassment Scandal
The CNN anchor addressed his brother's resignation for the first time on air on Monday night, having previously stayed silent on sexual harassment allegations.Earlier in August, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that an investigation found that Andrew Cuomo violated several federal and state laws and created a hostile work environment by allegedly sexually harassing 11 current and former employees.
Chris also said that when Andrew's scandals began to emerge, hebut was not "an advisor," just someone who was there to listen and offer his take.
"My advice to my brother was consistent: own what you did, tell people what you'll do to be better, be contrite, and accept that it doesn't matter what you intended, what matters is how your actions and words were perceived," Chris said, adding, "I did urge my brother to resign, when the time came."
Chris also shot down speculation that he wasby misleading his viewers or misreporting the news.
"I never mislead anyone about the information I was delivering or not delivering on this program," Chris said. "I never attacked nor encouraged anyone to attack any woman who came forward."
Chris Cuomo accused of sexually harassing boss in 2005
Chris Cuomo has been accused of sexually harassing his boss more than a decade ago, allegations that are surfacing just one month after his brother stepped down as governor of New York. © Provided by Washington Examiner Shelley Ross, a television producer who says she was Cuomo's boss while he worked at ABC News, accused Cuomo of touching her inappropriately at a work party in 2005, saying he "greeted [her] with a strong bear hug while lowering one hand to firmly grab and squeeze the cheek of [her] buttock.
"It was a unique situation being a brother to a politician in a scandal and being part of the media,"— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) says. "I tried to do the right thing, and I just want you-all to know that."
He also stated that he never tried to influence CNN's coverage of his brother's scandal.
"It was a unique situation being a brother to a politician in a scandal and being part of the media," Chris reiterated. "I tried to do the right thing, and I just want you all to know that."
Andrew announced last Tuesday, effective in 14 days. His resignation came one week after an investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James that found that he sexually harassed 11 women, including staffers and women who did not work for his administration.
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Video: Several investigations into Andrew Cuomo to continue despite his resignation (CBS News)
Pandemic ‘Hero’ Andrew Cuomo Finally Resigns in Disgrace .
In one of the most dramatic political downfalls in recent memory, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that he is resigning his office amid a welter of allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. The decision came a little more than a year after Cuomo emerged as the face of supposedly rational Democratic decision-making amid ex-President Donald Trump’s bungling response to the COVID-19 pandemic—and just one week after State Attorney General Letitia James released a devastating report that found the governor had subjected 11 women to unwanted comments and touching.