CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Monday addressed the mounting sexual harassment scandal engulfing his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, telling viewers that he “obviously” would not be covering it.
“Obviously I am aware of what’s going on with my brother,” the anchor said at the top of his primetime show. “And obviously I cannot cover it, because he is my brother.”
“Now, of course CNN has to cover it,” the host continued. “They have covered it extensively and they will continue to do so.”
“I have always cared very deeply about these issues and profoundly so,” Cuomo, 50, added. “There’s a lot of news going on that matters also so let’s get after that.”
>> @ChrisCuomo at the top of @CuomoPrimeTime tonight: "Obviously I am aware of what is going on with my brother. And obviously I cannot cover it because he is my brother. Now, of course CNN has to cover it. They have covered it extensively and they will continue to do so." pic.twitter.com/G49mZYTG4D
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 2, 2021
The awkward acknowledgment came as a third woman came forward to accuse the governor, 63, of inappropriate sexual behavior.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday was accused of making unwanted advances toward a woman and planting an unsolicited kiss on her cheek at a 2019 wedding.
“He said, ‘Can I kiss you?’” Anna Ruch, 33, recalled to The New York Times.
“I was so confused and shocked and embarrassed.”
The allegation comes after two former state staffers accused Cuomo, 63, of sexual harassment on the job.
As TuskerDaily reported, Charlotte Bennett, 25, became the 2nd woman to accused Andrew Cuomo, 63, of sexual misconduct.
Bennett accused Cuomo of repeatedly asking her inappropriate questions about her sex life, such as “Do you sleep with older men?“
And as we reported back in December 2020, Lindsey Boylan, 36, accused the New York Governor of forcibly kissing her and asking her to play strip poker.
But what truly makes this story hilariously special is the fact that just 10 months ago the Democrats wanted to jettison Joe Biden as their 2020 presidential nominee, and replace Dementia Joe with none other than Andrew Cuomo.
CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo Get’s Called Out For His Suddenly ‘I Can’t Report On This’ Excuse
In response to Chris Cuomo’s statement, several on Twitter said it made sense for the journalist to recuse himself from covering a family member.
However, others noted that no such conflict of interest seemed to exist when things were going well for Andrew Cuomo.
The governor made regular appearances on his younger brother’s show at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. The two would joke around during the segments, including about Andrew’s relationship status.
CNN recently reinstated a ban on Chris covering his sibling after an exclusive Post report found his administration covered up thousands of nursing home COVID-19 deaths.
.@ChrisCuomo never had trouble inviting his brother on the show to perform PR for him as thousands languished in nursing homes due to his brother’s March 25th directive. They’re both pathetic and deserve each other. https://t.co/i3gx9PIk6T
— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) March 2, 2021
Chris Cuomo didn't have a problem covering or interviewing his brother during the time his brother ordered COVID patients into nursing homes killing our elderly…..As a journalist he should be talking about the 3 sexual allegations made against his brother!
— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) March 2, 2021
Chris Cuomo when his brother is accused of sexual harassment and covering up old peoples deaths pic.twitter.com/RnkUaCZBSe
— Gordon Geeker (@groovytrillpapi) March 2, 2021
So you interviewed your brother a thousand times with giant q-tips joking about his sex life during covid but now that he’s an accused predator, it’s a conflict?
Give me an absolute break. Hypocrites. This is ground zero of why the American public doesn’t trust ANY of the media. https://t.co/hh3jK7Gswa
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 2, 2021