Chris Cuomo opened his primetime CNN present Monday night time by acknowledging the growing sexual harassment scandal surrounding his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and telling viewers why he “clearly” wouldn’t be overlaying it.
“Earlier than we begin tonight, let me say one thing that I’m positive could be very apparent to you who watch my present,” the host started. “And thanks for that. You’re straight with me, I’ll be straight with you.”
“Clearly, I’m conscious of what’s occurring with my brother,” Cuomo continued. “And clearly I can not cowl it, as a result of he’s my brother. Now, in fact CNN has to cowl it. They’ve coated it extensively and they’re going to proceed to take action.”
“I’ve at all times cared very deeply about these points and profoundly so,” Cuomo added, declining to elaborate or identify which “points” he was speaking about. “There’s a whole lot of information occurring that issues additionally, so let’s get after that.”
The host was talking on the finish of a day wherein a 3rd lady accused the New York governor of inappropriate sexual conduct. However as New York Occasions reporter Annie Karni posted on Twitter in response, whereas it might make sense for Cuomo to recuse himself from overlaying his brother, “What by no means made sense to me was Chris Cuomo overlaying him when issues have been going effectively for Andrew Cuomo.”
Particularly throughout the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Cuomo was a frequent visitor on his brother’s present, the place they might joke around together about calling their mom and memorably performed a playful comedy sketch with a giant test swab on the similar time the governor’s workplace was underreporting nursing home deaths.