Chris Cuomo on Monday night finally broke his on-air silence about his brother’s sexual harassment scandal — claiming network rules prevented his from covering it.
“I never covered my brother’s troubles because I obviously have conflict, and there are rules and CNN about that,” Cuomo said at the end of his 9 p.m. show.
The CNN host’s comments come after he spent the last week on vacation as his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, announced his resignation following a damning official report that concluded he sexually harassed several women.
Chris Cuomo had faced scrutiny for failing to address the governor’s spiraling scandal and for his role advising his brother after the sexual harassment claims surfaced earlier this year.
On Monday night, he downplayed the conversations he had with his brother during that time as simply brotherly advice.
“I never reported on the scandal. And when it happened, I tried to be there for my brother. I’m not an advisor, I’m a brother. I wasn’t in control of anything. I was there to listen, offer my take,” he said on air.
He also admitted that he urged his brother to resign, saying it “was something I never imagine having to do.”