Chris Cuomo apologizes to CNN, admits he advised Andrew on scandal

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks about two coronavirus cases emerging in Saratoga County during a press conference with top aide Melissa DeRosa in Albany, NY on March 7, 2020

CNN host Chris Cuomo apologized on air Thursday night for advising his older brother Gov. Andrew Cuomo on handling his sexual harassment scandal.

Cuomo, who infamously interviewed the governor about New York’s COVID-19 response throughout the pandemic, emphasized on his primetime program that he never covered his brother’s scandals in Albany.

“Now today there are stories out there about me offering my brother advice,” Cuomo told viewers at the start of his show, “Cuomo Prime Time.”

”Of course I do. This is no revelation. I have said it publicly and I certainly have never hidden it. I can be objective on just about any topic but not about my family.”

He went on to say that those who watch his show “get it.”

“Like you, I bet, my family means everything to me and I’m fiercely loyal to them,” he said.

Cuomo had been in discussions with his brother’s staff, lawyers and others during strategy sessions and advised the governor not to end up another victim of “cancel culture,” The Washington Post reported.

“I’m family first, job second,” Cuomo said on his show during an opening statement that lasted about three minutes.

“But being a journalist and a brother to a politician is unique and a unique challenge and I have a unique responsibility to balance those roles,” he added.

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“It’s not always easy but people can say and write what they want but I want you to know the truth,” he added.

Cuomo said how he helped his brother mattered.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top aide Melissa DeRosa at a press conference in the early days of the COVID pandemic in March 2020.
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“When my brother’s situation became turbulent, being looped into calls with other friends of his, and advisers that did include some of his staff, I understand why that was a problem for CNN,” Cuomo said.

“It will not happen again,” he added.

“It was a mistake because I put my colleagues here, who I believe are the best in the business, in a bad spot. I never intended for that, I would never intend for that and I’m sorry for that.”

CNN host Chris Cuomo attends The Hollywood Reporter's annual Most Powerful People in Media cocktail reception in New York on April 11, 2019.
Chris Cuomo apologized for assisting his scandal-riddled governor brother on CNN on May 20, 2021.
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Cuomo said he has never tried to influence CNN’s coverage of his brother.

“In fact, I’ve been walled off from it,” he said.

“This is a unique and difficult situation and that’s OK,” he went on. “I know where the line is. I can respect it and still be there for my family, which I must. I have to do that. I love my brother, I love my family, I love my job and I love and respect my colleagues here at CNN.”

He concluded by telling his colleagues he was “truly sorry.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo urges young people to get the COVID-19 vaccine during a press briefing at the Belle Center, in Buffalo, NY on April 29, 2021.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo said he’s been “walled off” from covering his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
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“You know who I am, you know what I’m about and I want this to be said in public to you, who give me the opportunity, and to my colleagues who make me better at what I do,” he said.

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