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CNN’s Chris Cuomo hits back at outrage over his refusal to cover brother Andrew’s sex harassment claims

CNN’S Chris Cuomo hits back at critics over his refusal to cover his brother Andrew’s sex harassment claims.

On Tuesday, Cuomo told listeners on his SiriusXM afternoon show, Let’s Get At It, to “please, don’t go there” and “confuse” his not covering his brother with his “not caring about the issue”.

Chris Cuomo addressed his brother issue on his SiriusXM afternoon show on Tuesday, and simply said 'he can't cover it'

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Chris Cuomo addressed his brother issue on his SiriusXM afternoon show on Tuesday, and simply said ‘he can’t cover it’Credit: Getty Images – Getty

“I can’t cover my brother’s situation because he’s my brother.

“It does not have any connection to my decision to have him on before there were any real accountability questions during Covid, when I strongly identified and felt a need for people to be able to connect with things that were familiar and that gave them a sense of hope,” Cuomo said.

“And I know I was right because I’ve never had people come out and say ‘Thank you’ the way you have for doing that.

“And I said at that time, I said on this show, I can’t keep doing this. Eventually, there are going to be issues that have to be covered here that I can’t cover because I’m not objective on him.”

Chris Cuomo told his listeners to 'not confuse his not covering his brother with his not caring about issues involved'

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Chris Cuomo told his listeners to ‘not confuse his not covering his brother with his not caring about issues involved’Credit: AP:Associated Press
Chris' brother, NY Gov Andrew Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by three women

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Chris’ brother, NY Gov Andrew Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by three womenCredit: AFP

Cuomo continued: “And it will stop. And it did stop, well in advance of that. I get why the media didn’t like the decision then. They just didn’t say as much, because it was so popular.

“And I get why they’re saying it now. But the idea that you don’t think I should have had him on and now therefore I should have him on? That is illogical.

“And, I’m not going to do it, and CNN doesn’t want to do it, but they of course have to cover it.

“They have extensively. They will continue to. I can’t say more, then, except for one thing: do not confuse my not covering my brother with my not caring about issues involved.

“You are wrong. You are wrong professionally, and you are wrong personally. So, please, don’t go there. That’s not what this is about. Other than that, if you need to call about it, go ahead, I’m not going to censor you on that basis.”

Cuomo’s comments comes after he finally addressed his brother Andrew’s sexual harassment scandal on Monday evening’s Cuomo Prime Time on CNN.

Chris Cuomo finally addressed his brother's sexual harassment allegations during Monday evening's edition of Cuomo Prime Time

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Chris Cuomo finally addressed his brother’s sexual harassment allegations during Monday evening’s edition of Cuomo Prime TimeCredit: CNN

The CNN anchor acknowledged the sexual harassment allegations made by three women against his brother and New York Gov Andrew.

“Let me say something that I’m sure is very obvious to you who watch my show … you’re straight with me, I’ll be straight with you,” Cuomo said on Monday.

“Obviously, I’m aware of what’s going on with my brother, and obviously I cannot cover it because he is my brother.

“Of course, CNN has to cover it. They have covered it extensively and they will continue to do so.”

The CNN anchor went on to say that he has “always cared” about “these issues,” before moving on to news he felt he could ethically cover.

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