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Ryan Lizza, who was fired from the New Yorker in December over allegations of sexual misconduct, has returned to CNN as a political analyst, Variety reports.

"Upon learning of The New Yorker’s decision to sever ties with Ryan Lizza in December, CNN pulled him from future on-air appearances while the network conducted an extensive investigation into the matter. Based on the information provided and the findings of the investigation, CNN has found no reason to continue to keep Mr. Lizza off the air."
— CNN's statement provided to Variety

Background: Lizza has denied improper behavior, saying he was "dismayed that The New Yorker has decided to characterize a respectful relationship with a woman I dated as somehow inappropriate." Through her lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, the woman accusing Lizza said his misconduct did not "constitute a 'respectful relationship,'" per Variety.

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