LOS ANGELES (AP) – Fired CNN presenter Chris Cuomo said he would abandon his SiriusXM radio show, a decision that follows a sexual harassment allegation.
“Even though I have thick skin, I also have a family for whom the past week has been extremely difficult,” Cuomo said in a Twitter post on Monday. He said he was stepping back to “focus on what comes next.”
Following the announcement, SiriusXM said that “Let’s Get After It” Cuomo would no longer air and thanked him for his work. The show began in 2018.
Cuomo was criticized for violating journalistic ethics when he tried to help his older brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, sort out his own harassment charges. CNN suspended the young Cuomo after learning that his actions were wider than previously thought, and then fired him on Saturday.
Chris Cuomo said he was just trying to help his brother.
The harassment became known shortly after CNN cut ties with him. The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, relayed her allegations to CNN on Wednesday through her lawyer, Debra Katz.
Katz did not provide any details about the alleged behavior, which, if it happened, could have taken place before Cuomo joined CNN in 2013. Prior to that, he worked for ABC News, which on Monday did not immediately respond to questions about Cuomo’s position there.
Chris Cuomo said through a spokesman that the allegations of harassment were not true. “If the purpose of these false and unfounded allegations was to see CNN punish Mr. Cuomo, that may explain his unjustified firing,” the spokesman said.
Katz also linked Cuomo’s firing to the allegations, stating in a statement that “CNN immediately responded to my client’s complaint and fired Mr. Cuomo.”
In a post on Monday, Cuomo said his time on CNN was “tough.” He was grateful for the support he received from SiriusXM, Cuomo said, thanking his “dedicated listeners” and adding that he hoped to “get back to all of you in the future.”