CNN’s Chris Cuomo failed to address the scandal surrounding his brother on Wednesday night — fueling criticism that the $5 million-a-year anchor should not continue to host his show.
On Tuesday — hours after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, 63, was accused of sexually assaulting 11 women in an explosive attorney general’s report, and Joe Biden called on him to resign — Chris, 50 the story emphatically. .
He did the same on Wednesday.
His failure to address the subject was seen as all the more damaging, as Chris is in the attorney general’s report. He advised his brother on media strategy when the scandal first erupted in March — for which he apologized in May.
In addition, his colleague Don Lemon, who took over CNN’s coverage at 10 p.m. ET, immediately launched a summary of the Andrew Cuomo scandal.
Chris Cuomo did not comment on the scandal surrounding his brother for the second night in a row on Wednesday. He passed the baton to Don Lemon (left) — who immediately launched a segment that focused on calls for New York governor Andrew Cuomo to step down
New York Governor (left) pictured with his journalist brother Chris (right) in May 2015
Chris filled his show with a series of segments about COVID-19, then got emotional during a feature on America’s Got Talent contestant Jane Marczewski, 30, who has retired from the show to fight cancer.
“She’s beautiful,” Cuomo gushed about Marczewski, whom he repeatedly referred to as “child” during the interview.
“She is proof that pain, purpose and hope can coexist.”
Cuomo remained enthusiastic about the singer as he handed it over to Lemon.
He apologized to Lemon that his interview with Marczewski had taken 40 seconds longer than planned, and told Lemon, “The 40 seconds the audience got with that kid is a gift, brother.
“It’s so rare that someone can simultaneously amplify the blessing and the curse of this life and the fragility of our humanity at the same time, you know?”
“Not everyone can take that fight as she sees it and make it a beautiful expression of life.”
Chris got emotional when he spoke to Jane Marczewski, 30-year-old America’s Got Talent contestant, who has pulled out of the show to fight cancer
CNN struggles to win ratings war as Cuomo struggles to know how to handle his brother’s scandal
According to the latest data from Nielsen, CNN failed to reach a million viewers for a week.
From July 28 to August 3, the network dropped below a million—even with Chris Cuomo’s show drawing viewers curious to see if he would discuss his brother, drawing only 930,000 people that Tuesday night.
His show, Cuomo Prime Time, the highest-rated show on CNN, averaged 872,000 viewers last week.
The most watched was Fox News’ Hannity, followed by MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, with 1.6 million viewers.
The last time CNN reached more than a million viewers was on July 27 during coverage of the Democrat-led House Selection Committee investigating the Capitol riot.
Lemon hastily responded, “And help a lot of people in the process, and I think that’s a good place for us to put it behind us and move on and discuss other things in the news.”
Lemon then launched into the main news of the day.
“The clock is ticking for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo,” he said.
A majority of New York State Assembly members, 80 Democrats and Republicans, told CNN they would vote for impeachment. A source says articles of impeachment could be referred next week.
That at least four prosecutors are now investigating allegations of sexual harassment against the governor.
“The long list of powerful Democratic politicians calling on Governor Cuomo to resign, a list headed by the President of the United States himself, that list is getting longer tonight.”
Chris Cuomo often had his brother on his show for friendly, light-hearted interviews last year at the height of the pandemic, when hundreds of people died every day.
Earlier this year, Chris Cuomo was reportedly offered “leave” to formally advise his brother through his sex teasing scandal.
Executives with the network informally suggested the idea that the younger Cuomo could take an optional leave of absence to counsel his brother and return to the network later, sources told The New York Times.
The possible furlough was suggested in May when the Washington Post revealed Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s scandal.
In response to the proposal, Chris Cuomo told network executives he wanted to continue with his primetime program while adhering to rules that prevented him from commenting on the scandal, sources told The New York Times.
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He said publicly at the time that when his brother’s situation became “turbulent,” he “got caught up in conversations with other friends of his and advisers, including some of his associates.”
Cuomo told his viewers, “I understand why that was a problem for CNN. It will not happen again.
“It was a mistake because I put my colleagues here, who I think are the best in the business, in a bad place. I was never meant for that. I would never intend to and I’m sorry.’
Chris Cuomo discussed COVID Tuesday night — and jealously ignored the important news constantly scrolling under his screen. He has not mentioned the AG report – in which he is mentioned – not once
These text messages between Cuomo’s senior employees in February of this year show Chris Cuomo helping his brother draft statements to ensure they were “enough remorse” when the allegations surfaced. He ignored the topic on his own CNN show at the time
Chris Cuomo added that he has never tried to influence CNN’s coverage of his brother and has in fact been “shielded from it.”
A CNN spokesperson admitted at the time that Chris Cuomo’s behavior was “inappropriate.”
The network added that he would not face any punishment, but did allow unnamed employees to stab him in its own report on the gaffe.