Chris Cuomo was let go by CNN last December due to claims of sexual misconduct.
Throughout his career, Cuomo has worked for almost all the major news organizations, including Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, ABC, and CNN. His close friend and former boss Jeff Zucker, who was fired at the same time for flouting the company’s policy against dating employees, helped him finally land his own show.
Cuomo was sacked last year when it was discovered that he had assisted his brother Andrew Cuomo, who was the governor of New York at the time, in fending off 11 different women’s allegations of sexual harassment.
The announcer, who was reportedly paid $6 million year, did this while concurrently working for a network journalist tasked with reporting objectively on the incident.
The television journalist served CNN with a $125 million arbitration claim in March regarding what he alleges to be his unjust termination.
It’s thought that lawsuit is still pending.
In the lawsuit, it is claimed that Cuomo has had his journalistic integrity unjustifiably smeared, making it difficult if not impossible for Cuomo to find similar work in the future and damaging him in amounts exceeding $125 million, which includes not only the remaining salary owed under the Agreement, but future wages lost as a result of CNN’s efforts to destroy his reputation in violation of the Agreement.’
The Chris Cuomo Project, Cuomo’s own comeback podcast, debuted last week, with new episodes broadcast every Tuesday and Thursday. Cuomo struck a defiant tone as he released the first episode.
Despite having strong family links to the Democratic Party, Cuomo surprised everyone by declaring in the podcast that he is not a Democrat. He also justified the conduct that resulted in his termination from CNN.
‘As for CNN, I’ll never be a hater. CNN has great people, CNN has a great purpose, and I wish them all the best, and I miss so many of the people there. But it’s time for me to move on, and I believe I can be more than I ever was before,’ he remarked.
Despite the fact that both his father Mario and brother Andrew served as Democratic governors of New York, Cuomo added that he does not identify as a Democrat.
‘I love my father, I love my brother, I respect them both tremendously, but I’m no Democrat,’ he declared.
Cuomo continued, ‘And I am not here to make any of you comfortable being a lefty. I want you to question why you are. I want you to question everything.’
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Now, it was announced on Tuesday that the 51-year-old will also host a new prime time show on NewsNation.
Sean Compton, Nexstar Media Inc.’s President of Network, said: “Chris joins our growing team of seasoned, award-winning journalists and will further our efforts to continue to ensure fairness and transparency in our news reporting and talk shows.”