On-air Thursday night, CNN
's Chris Cuomo
apologized to colleagues and viewers for advising his older brother, New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
(D), on how to deal
publicly with sexual harassment
allegations leveled against him.
The Washington Post
reported earlier Thursday that the younger Cuomo participated in a series of conference calls with the governor
, his top aide, the communications team, lawyers, and others to discuss their response strategy.
Nine women have come forward to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, including three who claim he kissed them without their consent
According to reports, the “Cuomo Prime Time” host encouraged his brother to take a “defiant” stance and not resign.
“Now, there are stories out there today about me giving my brother advice. Of course I do. This is no revelation. I have said it publicly, and I have certainly never hidden it,” Cuomo told his viewers.
“Like you, I bet, my family means everything to me, and I am fiercely loyal to them. I am family first, job second,” he said.
“Being a journalist and a brother to a politician is... a unique challenge, and I have a unique responsibility to balance those roles,” says @ChrisCuomo of reports that he advised his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “It was a mistake.” pic.twitter.com/P0GkglgrYM — Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) May 21, 2021
CNN admitted to the Post in a statement that Cuomo's participation in conversations with the governor's staff was inappropriate.
CNN, on the other hand, stated that he would face no repercussions.
“It will not happen again,” Cuomo said on air. “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, and I would never intend for that, and I apologize.”
He claimed that the network barred him from covering his brother's scandal and that he "never attempted to influence this network's coverage of my brother."
Last year, the siblings faced criticism for violating journalistic standards after the anchor repeatedly interviewed his brother on CNN about his handling of the COVID-19
situation in New York.