CNN host Chris Cuomo apologized for his role in “inappropriate” conversations with his brother’s staff regarding sexual assault allegations.
The Washington Post reported that Chris had participated in “strategy” phone calls with his brother’s senior staff.
Chris advised his brother to take a “defiant position” regarding calls about his resignation. Two people stated that Chris brought up “cancel culture” while encouraging Andrew to stay firm.
Chris apologized on-air Thursday night, adding that he did not cover the allegations against his brother and that he was “walled-off” from CNN’s coverage on the issue.
“When my brother’s situation became turbulent, being looped into calls with other friends of his and advisors that did include some of his staff — I understand why that was a problem for CNN,” said Chris. “It will not happen again. 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.”
“Chris has not been involved in CNN’s extensive coverage of the allegations against Governor Cuomo — on air or behind the scenes,” said a CNN spokesperson to NBC News. “In part because, as he has said on his show, he could never be objective. But also because he often serves as a sounding board for his brother.”
Chris will not be facing discipline from CNN.
Richard Azzopardi, a spokesperson for Andrew Cuomo’s office, said to NBC News that there were “a few calls” with Andrew, friends, and advisors.