CNN’s most-watched anchor, Chris Cuomo has been fired by the network “effective immediately.”
Chris was sacked on Saturday, December 4, in the wake of revelations he had helped his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, while he faced multiple accusations of sexual harassment.
Prior to this, it was claimed that CNN management was not aware of his actions which breached the traditional ethics of journalism. CNN was initially suspended Cuomo “indefinitely” on Tuesday, November 30, but sacked him on Saturday after a law firm retained by the network submitted its findings on Friday, December 3. READ ALSO: CNN Host Chris Cuomo Tests Positive For Coronavirus
Producers and other staffers who work on “Cuomo Prime Time” will remain in place. Michael Smerconish, Cuomo’s regular substitute, will host the 9 p.m. Eastern hour next week.
CNN said in a statement:
“Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother’s defense. We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately.
“While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light,” CNN’s statement added. “Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.”
Reacting to being fired by the network, Chris Cuomo wrote;
“This is not how I want my time at CNN to end but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother. So let me now say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive time slot. I owe them all and will miss that group of special people who did really important work.”
While the contours of Chris Cuomo’s involvement with the governor’s office were reported several months ago, the specifics were detailed in a massive document dump on Monday, November 29. The documents were released by New York Attorney General Letitia James after an investigation into the governor showed that Chris Cuomo while working as one of CNN’s top anchors, was also effectively working as an unpaid aide to the governor.
The cosy and improper nature of the relationship was conveyed through text messages obtained by James’ office. The texts between the anchor and several aides and allies of the governor revealed that Chris Cuomo sought to use his connections in the press to help prepare Andrew Cuomo’s team as accusers started to make their stories public. READ ALSO: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Resigns Amidst Harassment Scandal
Chris Cuomo’s profile at CNN rose with a sharp-elbowed, lean-in demeanour that he used both in front of the camera and behind it. His broader rise was also emblematic of a new tone the outlet, once seen as a plain-vanilla dispenser of news, took on under Zucker, who became president in 2013. Consider that the slot used for Cuomo’s 9 p.m. show, “Cuomo Prime Time” was once the home to Larry King’s genial celebrity interviews.
Cuomo joined CNN from ABC News in 2013, and was set as a co-anchor of “New Day,” a morning program that executives billed as a counterpart to NBC’s “Today.” As the news cycle grew more frenzied, however, CNN jettisoned the original concept and set Cuomo in front of retooled effort that had him grilling Trump administration officials and newsmakers in segments that often ran so long that the network pushed back commercial breaks to accommodate them.
The decision to fire Cuomo leaves CNN with a big hole to fill. While his 9 p.m. program, “Cuomo Prime Time,” was regularly beaten in the ratings by its two main time-slot rivals, Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” it is CNN’s most popular program. Michael Smerconish, a popular talk-show host who leads a Saturday-morning program on CNN, is slated to take the reins of the 9 p.m. hour next week, but Zucker, CNN’s leader, will no doubt be working to devise a set of new options for the slot.
Fast-rising Nollywood actress Bukola Kiitan has been admitted to the hospital over an undisclosed ailment and cancelled all engagement.
Taking to her Instagram page, Bukola Kiitan shared a video of her lying on the bed with a drip fixed to her hand. READ ALSO: “Never Use Your Grace To Disgrace Anyone’ – Kiitan Bukola Slams BBNaija’s Ka3na
Bukola Kiitan apologised to her fans and followers that she would not meet up for a proposed meet and greet at the Cinema today.
According to Bukola Kiitan, her current health status is an aftermath of a movie shoot.
She wrote: Am so sorry can’t meet up for the meet and greet at the cinema today. Aftermath of movie shoot.
KOKO News recalls Bukola Kiitan tackled former Big Brother Naija Housemate Ka3na for dragging actors about movie production and brand influencing.
In a post shared on the microblogging platform, Ka3na claimed that most Nollywood producers and actors had become brand influencers; hence there are no latest Nigerian movies on Netflix. READ ALSO: #SylvesterOromoni: ‘Go Sort Your Life Out’ – Kate Henshaw Lambasts Ubi Franklin
Ka3na opined that many of these Nollywood stars joined brand influencing because former housemates of the BBNaija show opened their eyes to know that brand influencing is a lucrative business.
She added that brand influencing is not a competition as she urged Nollywood producers and actors to make good movies for the Christmas holiday.
She wrote: Most Nollywood movie producers/actors have become brand influencers. No latest Nigerian movies on Netflix. Bbn housemates don open their eyes to influencing money. It’s not a competition. Y’all make us good holiday movies, please.
Displeased with the statement, Kitan Bukola slammed Ka3na for insulting people who have struggled for years to get fame, unlike her, who was fortunate because of the BBNaiija platform.
Kitan Bukola urged Ka3na not to discredit Nollywood stars because of the fame which she got within a few months or use her grace to disgrace others.
Ralf Rangnick has praised Manchester United’s performance in Sunday’s 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace and singled out Cristiano Ronaldo for his work off the ball.
The German coach took charge of the Red Devils for the first time and recorded a maiden win thanks to Fred’s brilliant second-half strike, with the first half-hour of the match particularly encouraging as United pressed high and got on the front foot.
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There had been some concerns that the 36-year-old Ronaldo would not be a good fit for Rangnick’s gegenpressing style, but the forward worked extremely hard to track back and close down.
His work off the ball did not go unnoticed by his new manager, with Rangnick giving the veteran special praise, while he was delighted with the entire team’s display particularly after just one training session.
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‘I am very happy with the way the team performed, especially the first half hour, with the pressing, it was exceptional. The only thing missing was the 1-0 or 2-0,’ Rangnick said
‘The way we defended, we had control of the whole game, the clean sheet was the most important part.
‘These are the things we must improve. We need to keep clean sheets. With just the one training session, I was really impressed. We did much better than expected.
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‘We always tried to be on the front foot. We were never not apart from maybe the last five minutes. At all other times we were trying to keep them away from our goal.
‘We wanted to play with two strikers, especially in the central position. By the way, Cristiano Ronaldo’s work off the ball, chapeau!’
On Fred’s goal, and what United need to work on going forward, Rangnick added: ‘I had to ask my assistant coach if that was Fred’s right foot. I thought he could only shoot with his left! I’m happy for him.
‘It’s always easier to build on things after you’re successful. We must produce further clean sheets and get better at creating chances for our attack. Overall I was very pleased with the way we played today.’