Chris Cuomo’s termination by CNN is the latest example of upheaval in television news.
The 7pm Eastern hour on Fox News has been home to rotating hosts for nearly an entire year. The 11pm hour on MSNBC will soon need a new host due to Brian Williams’ exit. Early next year MSNBC’s 9pm hour will also need a new host, since Rachel Maddow is stepping back from her daily duties. And now CNN’s 9pm hour is suddenly vacant, as well.
This is a seriously turbulent time for the top players in cable news — and that’s even before factoring in business model pressures and streaming wars. Now, here’s the latest on Cuomo…
During that legal review, Debra Katz, an attorney who specializes in harassment and discrimination cases, contacted CNN on behalf of an anonymous client who alleged “serious sexual misconduct” years ago, back when Cuomo worked at ABC. This complaint was the “additional information” that CNN referenced when it said Cuomo was terminated Saturday night.
“Based on the report we received regarding Chris’s conduct with his brother’s defense, we had cause to terminate,” a CNN spokesperson said. “When new allegations came to us this week, we took them seriously, and saw no reason to delay taking immediate action.”
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Latest updates, plus this week’s programming plan
— The producers and staffers of “Cuomo Prime Time” will remain in place and will work on CNN’s 9pm ET hour…
— As previously announced, Cuomo’s regular substitute Michael Smerconish will helm the 9pm hour this week. On TV listings the hour is titled “CNN Tonight…”
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