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[BREAKING] Chris Cuomo Officially Fired By CNN

[BREAKING] Chris Cuomo Officially Fired By CNN

After Chris Cuomo’s suspension on Tuesday, CNN said it would embark on an internal review of his conduct, but the network made no immediate plans to retain an outside law firm or forensic investigators. The review was expected to focus on what ethical journalistic lines Mr. Cuomo may have crossed, according to a person familiar with the network’s plans. Now The New York Times has reported that Chris Cuomo was officially fired by CNN on Saturday amid a network inquiry into his efforts to help his brother, Andrew M. Cuomo, then the governor of New York, fight off a sexual harassment scandal.

“Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother’s defense,” CNN said in a statement on Saturday. “We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately. While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.”

Image via Twitter screenshot, user @JoenabelP/CNN

The announcement effectively ends the broadcast career of the once-beloved Chris Cuomo, who enjoyed his status as the top-rated anchor at CNN after working his way up in journalism instead of taking the same path of his famed political family. Until last month, Chris Cuomo had the support of CNN’s president, Jeff Zucker, and faced no discipline for his behind-the-scenes strategizing with Andrew Cuomo’s political aides, a breach of basic journalistic norms.

But new testimony and a batch of previously unreleased text messages revealed by the New York attorney general on November 29th proved that the CNN anchor had played a much more involved role in his brother’s political problems than the network said it had previously known. CNN executives, previously steadfast in backing Mr. Cuomo, placed him on indefinite suspension on Tuesday, a sign of deep unease among the network’s management.

[This is a breaking and developing story, please check back for updates]

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