CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has apologized for advising his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on how to answer questions about the sexual misconduct allegations brought against him.
The apology comes after news broke Thursday that Chris Cuomo participated in several conference calls held earlier this year to help craft the governor’s public response to the multiple sexual harassment allegations he faces, The Hill reports.
“I understand why that was a problem for CNN. It will not happen again,” Cuomo said in a statement at the start of his show Thursday night. “It was a mistake because I put my colleagues here, who I believe are the best in the business, in a bad spot. And I never intended for that. I would never intend for that. And I am sorry for that.”
During the calls, Chris Cuomo told Governor Cuomo, an aide, some attorneys and members of his communications team that his brother should not resign. He also said his brother should stay defiant and should bring up cancel culture when asked about the scandals.
The backlash from the reports prompted CNN to issue a statement Thursday, acknowledging Chris Cuomo should not have given public relations advice to his brother. CNN said it was “inappropriate to engage in conversations that included members of the Governor’s staff.”
Despite CNN’s statement, the network said Cuomo will not face any disciplinary action.
This is not the first time CNN has had issues with the Cuomo brothers. Over the years, CNN has changed its mind at least three times about whether Chris Cuomo could cover the governor on his show.
Initially, Cuomo was not allowed to interview his brother, but CNN reversed that decision during the pandemic.
CNN changed its mind again earlier this year, banning Andrew Cuomo from appearing on his brother’s show after he was accused of sexual misconduct by several women, and of covering up nursing home COVID-19-related deaths.
“Now, today there are stories out there about me offering my brother advice,” Chris Cuomo said. “Of course I do. This is no revelation. I have said it publicly, and I certainly have never hidden it. I can be objective about just about any topic. But not about my family.”
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