May 21, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Chris Cuomo apologizes for advising brother on sexual harassment scandal

Chris Cuomo on Thursday night apologized to his CNN colleagues following a Washington Post report that revealed that he had advised his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on how to handle sexual harassment accusations.

What he's saying: "I can be objective about just about any topic, but not about my family. Those of you who watch this show get it. Like you, I bet, my family means everything to me. And I am fiercely loyal to them. I am family first, job second," Cuomo said.

  • "Being a journalist and a brother to a politician is unique and a unique challenge, and I have a unique responsibility to balance those roles, it's not always easy," he continued.
  • "When my brother's situation became turbulent, being looped into calls with other friends of his and advisers that did include some of his staff, I understand why that was a problem for CNN. 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."
  • Cuomo added that he has never tried to influence CNN's coverage of his brother and has been "walled off" from it.

Catch up quick: After the Post revealed that Cuomo participated in strategy sessions with his brother and coached him on how to respond to the sexual harassment accusations, CNN said in a statement that it was "inappropriate" for Cuomo to "engage in conversations that included members of the Governor’s staff."

  • Cuomo will not be penalized for participating in the calls.
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