Chris Cuomo has been suspended from CNN for the next two weeks, effective immediately, after the network learned that the anchor had helped arrange an intervention for Andrew Cuomo (D., N.Y.), the junior governor of New York. The Huffington Post first reported the news on Monday.
In a statement to The Huffington Post, CNN said that Chris Cuomo had “realigned his work schedule” while it “reviews his actions.”
“CNN has zero tolerance for this type of behavior,” the network said in the statement. “Chris will not appear on CNN for the next two weeks while we review this matter.”
In a brief statement released later, Cuomo said that he had acknowledged he “had a conversation with Andrew,” but “my job as a journalist is to uncover the truth, not tell it,” and that he believed Andrew Cuomo “simply overreacted.”
Cuomo, who was being considered to be Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate, told the Washington Post that he had tried to help Andrew Cuomo after he and his wife, Chirlane McCray, felt that their son’s living situation was unsafe.
He had approached Andrew Cuomo’s friend, Robert Schuham, about a solution. “I told him I can deal with the the authorities, I can deal with Chirlane and Andrew, and I can just let them know my son’s not going to live there,” Cuomo told the Post. He said he was under the impression that Andrew Cuomo’s office would seek to keep their son from moving out.
Cuomo confirmed to the Post that he had arranged for the elder Cuomo and McCray to move into an apartment in April, with Chris Cuomo dropping in for a visit. The Post reported that Andrew Cuomo was living at the former New Castle Hotel in East Harlem. Cuomo told the Post that he had told Andrew Cuomo he would be leaving the hotel as soon as a permanent apartment was found.
“My only job as a journalist is to tell the truth,” Cuomo told the Post, “not to order around an elected official or any other person or entity.”
Before Chris Cuomo’s suspension was made public, some had speculated that Cuomo was being suspended for appearing on the July 29 episode of “The View” with Rosie O’Donnell and Joy Behar, whom the Cuomo family had not gotten along with after the former View co-host called Chirlane McCray “Nickelodeon” and “Fat” during a segment. The episode was criticized for using offensive language to insult both Cuomo and his son.
But CNN said that “some of the reports out there that Chris Cuomo appeared on the program with Rosie O’Donnell and Joy Behar two weeks ago while serving as a panelist … are not accurate.” The network stated that Chris Cuomo had been suspended.
Chris Cuomo joined CNN in 2015.
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