- As a result of the former CNN host’s secret help to his brother, Chris Cuomo’s planned book has been scrapped.
- Zucker, the chairman of WarnerMedia News and Sports, told staff that he fired Cuomo without any pressure from the company’s owners.
Chris Cuomo’s planned book has been canceled as the fallout from the former CNN host’s secret assistance to his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in responding to sexual harassment charges continues.
Cuomo’s “Deep Denial” will not be published. According to a representative for Custom House, a HarperCollins Publishers brand, Cuomo’s ” Deep Denial ” will not be published, who told The Associated Press, a Tuesday.
“A compelling study of the hard facts that the epidemic and Trump years have uncovered about America — about our strength and also character — and a roadmap of the work that needs to be done to make our values meet reality,” the book was slated to come released in the fall of 2022.
A spokeswoman for the firm declined to comment further.
As per the people familiar with the call who spoke on the condition of anonymity, CNN CEO Jeff Zucker discussed the firing in a town hall meeting with employees on Tuesday, saying that Cuomo would not be receiving any severance pay after the network concluded that its star anchor lied to them.
A spokesperson for Cuomo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
CNN terminated Cuomo on Saturday. He had been suspended indefinitely after records obtained by New York’s attorney general revealed that the presenter had played a larger role in his brother’s defense than previously acknowledged.
Zucker, the chairman of WarnerMedia News and Sports, told staff that he fired Cuomo without any pressure from the company’s owners. AT&T presently owns CNN, part of WarnerMedia, but a proposed merger would put the network under the management of a new entity combined with Discovery.
In front of his staff, Zucker faced some of the same questions raised by outside opponents, who questioned why it took CNN so long to take action against him after it was discovered that the CNN anchor had been plotting with his brother’s aides since last May.
Soon after that news broke, CNN executives contemplated Chris Cuomo taking a leave of absence to assist his brother, who eventually resigned as governor of New York in August. According to a CNN executive involved with the conversations, Chris Cuomo rejected the notion.
Cuomo apologized, and CNN stated unequivocally that his actions were inappropriate. However, no additional action was taken at the time because the network wanted to give him some latitude to deal with his natural urge to help a family member in need, according to Zucker.
Chris Cuomo lied to CNN about how actively he participated in his brother’s defense when the New York attorney general disclosed new information last week, offering to chase down a lead concerning one of Andrew’s accusers and polling other journalists on what they knew about the case.
Zucker instructed CNN staffers that the network could not tolerate such behavior. Even before being approached by the lawyer representing a woman who accused Chris Cuomo of sexual harassment previous to his time at CNN, an allegation Cuomo has denied, CNN was on the verge of making that choice.
Source: CTV News
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