Following a report that he had been advising his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, through multiple allegations of sexual harassment, Chris Cuomo opened Cuomo Prime Time Thursday by addressing the report.
“Today there are stories out there about me offering my brother advice. Of course I do. This is no revelation. I have said it publicly, and I certainly have never hidden it,” Cuomo said. “I can be objective about just about any topic, but not about my family. Those of you who watch this show get it. Like you, I bet, my family means everything to me. And I am fiercely loyal to them. I am family first, job second.”
This was the first time Cuomo has addressed the allegations against Gov. Cuomo since early March when he said on his show that he would not cover the story because he is his brother. Cuomo acknowledged the unique situation he’s in, and said he understands why CNN described his actions as “inappropriate.”
“Being a journalist and a brother to a politician is unique, and a unique challenge, and I have a unique responsibility to balance those roles. It's not always easy,” Cuomo said, adding, “When my brother's situation became turbulent, being looped into calls with other friends of his and advisers, that did include some of his staff, I understand why that was a problem for CNN. It will not happen again. It was a mistake because I put my colleagues here, who I believe are the best in the business, in a bad spot. I never intended for that.”