CNN host Chris Cuomo on Monday addressed the growing sexual harassment scandal affecting his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and told viewers he “obviously” wouldn’t cover it.
“Obviously I am aware of what is happening with my brother”, the anchor said at the top of his primetime show. “And obviously I can’t cover him, because he’s my brother.”
“Now, of course, CNN has to cover it,” the presenter continued. “They have covered it extensively and will continue to do so.”
“I’ve always been deeply concerned with these issues and a lot,” added Cuomo, 50. “There is a lot of news that matters too, so let’s go after that.”
The uneasy recognition came when a third woman came forward to accuse the 63-year-old governor of inappropriate sexual behavior.
In response to Chris Cuomo’s statement, several on Twitter said it made sense for the journalist to refuse to cover a family member.
However, others noted that no such conflict of interest appeared 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 joked during the segments, including about Andrew’s relationship status.
CNN recently reinstated a ban on Chris covering his brother after an exclusive Post report found his administration covered up thousands of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.