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Anderson Cooper opens up about Chris Cuomo firing: ‘I feel terrible for him’

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  • Anderson Cooper
    Anderson Cooper
    American journalist, television presenter and author
  • Stephen Colbert
    Stephen Colbert
    American comedian

On Thursday, Anderson Cooper dropped by “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” where he opened up about the recent firing of his former CNN co-worker, Chris Cuomo.

“Did you think it was the right thing to do?” Stephen Colbert asked.

“Look, I don't want anything bad to happen to somebody who is a colleague and a friend of mine, and I feel terrible for him and his family,” said Cooper. “That being said… journalists have strict ethics and strict rules that we are to abide by and if you don't abide by them, there are repercussions. I wish Chris the best, and I’m sorry how all this played out.”

CNN suspended Cuomo after learning that he was accused of using his work contacts to assist his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in fighting several sexual harrasment allegations. While Anderson felt bad about his friend being fired, he revealed another one of his friends was quick to offer some help.

“The first call I got after I got the call about Chris Cuomo was Andy Cohen, like, ‘Do you think I could get that show?’” Cooper recalled. “I was, like, ‘Andy you’ve got enough real estate.’”

Video transcript

STEPHEN COLBERT: They didn't have a staff meeting or anything and say, hey, everybody, we're going to tell everybody that Chris isn't here?

ANDERSON COOPER: I don't know. Maybe-- no. No, of course. They would have a staff meeting and say, oh, we're going to do this thing but don't tell anybody?

KYLIE MAR: On Thursday, Anderson Cooper dropped by the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," where he opened up about the recent firing of his former CNN co-worker Chris Cuomo.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Think it was the right thing to do?

ANDERSON COOPER: Well, look. Look, any time-- look, I don't want anything bad to happen to somebody who's a colleague and somebody who is a friend of mine. And I feel terrible for him and for his family.

KYLIE MAR: CNN suspended Cuomo after learning that he was accused of using his work contacts to assist his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in fighting several sexual harassment allegations.

ANDERSON COOPER: Look, journalists have strict ethics and strict rules that we are to abide by. And if you don't abide by them, there are repercussions. And I wish Chris the best, and I'm sorry for how all of this played out.

KYLIE MAR: And while Anderson felt bad about his friend being fired, he revealed another one of his friends was quick to offer some help.

ANDERSON COOPER: The first call after I got the news about Chris Cuomo was from Andy Cohen, who was like, do you think I could get that show? I was like, Andy, you've got enough real estate in television.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Yeah. He'd be good, though. It'd be really--

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