CNN commentator Mary Katharine Ham says Jeff Zucker punished her with a seven-month suspension after she called out the network’s hypocrisy over Chris Cuomo and masturbator Jeffrey Toobin … but she’s back thanks to new boss Chris Licht
- Mary Katharine Ham says she was quietly taken off the air in January this year
- She had condemned CNN reporters for their silence on Chris Cuomo and Jeffrey Toobin, who were caught masturbating during a Zoom call
- Ham says old boss Jeff Zucker decided that was grounds for an unofficial suspension
- Now she’s back on the air thanks to ‘new guard’ Chris Licht
- Zucker left the network in February amid a scandal over his affair with employee Allison Gollust
- Since then, Licht has revamped his slate of shows in an effort to shake his reputation for bias
Mary Katharine Ham is a conservative television journalist and anchor who contributes to CNN and previously worked for Fox News
A conservative CNN commentator claims she was kept off the air by former boss Jeff Zucker for seven months as punishment for tweeting about the network’s handling of the Chris Cuomo and onanist Jeffrey Toobin scandals.
Mary Katharine Ham is a conservative television journalist and anchor who contributes to CNN and previously worked for Fox News.
In January of this year, Ham engaged in a Twitter prank with fellow CNN journalist Andrew Kaczynski.
She had criticized CNN’s coverage of the congressional shooting of the 2017 congressional baseball shooting, suggesting that it was not covered sufficiently because the victims were Republicans.
Kaczynski took her to task, and she responded with, ‘Jack has something to say about Cuomo and Toobin, but I’ll fact check when he has nothing.’
Writing on Substack this week, she says the comment was enough for Zucker to yank her off the air and keep her there for seven months — one month less than Toobin, who was caught masturbating during a Zoom call with executives from The New Yorker.
He was allowed to keep his job at CNN and made a scathing apology during an appearance with Alisyn Camerota in June 2021.
In January, Ham called out hypocrisy at the network over Chris Cuomo and Jeffrey Toobin — who was allowed to keep his job despite being caught masturbating on a Zoom call
Ham says ex-boss Jeff Zucker punished her with an unofficial seven-month suspension
Cuomo was fired by CNN after it was revealed that he had advised his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, through a sexual harassment scandal.
He was also accused of bias on his primetime show, where he heaped praise on his brother’s handling of the pandemic.
Ham says she was ‘quietly suspended’ – a play on the ‘quiet up’ trend – by Zucker because of her remarks.
“I’m told, ‘when it came to the comments about Jeffrey Toobin… everybody wanted a bit of a breather,'” she said.
Ham is now back on the air under Chris Licht’s new CNN leadership.
Zucker, who resigned from the network after his affair with staffer Allison Gollust was revealed, had been friendly with both Cuomo brothers.
Jeffrey Toobin was suspended from CNN for eight months over the masturbation scandal — one more month than Ham said she was kept off the air
Since his departure, new boss Chris Licht has revamped the panel and host lineups to try to escape the network’s reputation for left-leaning bias.
Ham says she is now back on the air thanks to him.
New guard: Chris Licht has taken over the network and is trying to shake its reputation for bias
‘I have not been asked to leave CNN. In fact, I have been invited back by the new guard to do the work I was prevented from doing by the old guard. Clean slate, as if nothing had happened.
‘But something happened.
‘I’ve never been good at being quiet, and it’s not in my nature to start. So that’s where I’ve been.
“I decided it was impossible for me to come back without saying why I was gone,” she said.
Among Licht’s efforts to restore public confidence in the company is revamping the morning show’s line-ups.
He has replaced morning show hosts Brianna Keilar and John Lam with rising star Kaitlan Collins, Don Lemon and Poppy Harlow.