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Chris Cuomo made a ‘mistake’, CNN boss Jeff Zucker tells worried employees
Theo WargoCNN boss Jeff Zucker on Tuesday responded to concerns from network staff members over revelations that star host Chris Cuomo advised his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on how to respond to the multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him. In a meeting with staff, Zucker claimed he understood the “unease” over Cuomo’s conduct, saying “unequivocally” that it was a “mistake” on the part of the star at peak hours. listens to participate in strategic calls to advise his politically powerful brother. Last week, the Washington Post reported that Cuomo had joined strategic appeals to help plan his powerful brother’s rebuttals to growing allegations that he was harassing multiple women and making some women uncomfortable. According to several sources present at a meeting, the CNN host even mentioned the invocation of “the culture of cancellation” as a way to fight the allegations. The CNN boss said he personally expressed his displeasure to Cuomo and considered options on how to handle the star host scandal. In the end, Zucker said that rather than suspending Cuomo, the network decided that the host should go on air and personally apologize to his viewers, so on his 9 p.m. ET show, Cuomo said this would never happen again and insisted he “knows where the line is.” In a statement in the aftermath of the Post’s bombing last week, CNN admitted “it was inappropriate to initiate conversations involving members of the governor’s staff, which Chris acknowledges. He will not participate in such conversations in the future. The network added that Cuomo would not be more disciplined. But the senior anchor’s decision to secretly participate in strategy calls to help his beleaguered brother has, indeed, angered many members of the network’s staff. CNN insiders who spoke with The Daily Beast this week expressed frustration with the network’s handling of the incident, saying Cuomo should have faced more serious consequences. “I am very disappointed with the network,” said a current on-air personality. “I think disciplinary action, at a minimum, was necessary in this situation.” The source added: “As a woman who works here, I feel a bit disappointed, to be honest.” Staff were particularly interested in Tuesday’s town hall after one of the busiest weeks for the network following a high-profile sale and the during the call, Zucker said Rick Santorum had the opportunity to s’ apologize for what the CNN boss called the ex-senator’s “inappropriate and racist” comments about Native Americans, but because he refused To do so, the network ultimately fired the conservative expert and elsewhere in Town Hall on Tuesday, Zucker downplayed the impact of AT&T’s decision to merge CNN’s parent company WarnerMedia with Discovery. Asked whether CNN could be split as part of the deal, the network chief said he didn’t think it was “in the cards.” And when in a hurry on his own future on the network, Zucker said he plans to have “conversations with the right people very soon.” For more, check out The Daily Beast. Do you have any advice? Send it to The Daily Beast here Get our best stories delivered to your inbox every day. Register now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.