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Chris Cuomo ended Cuomo Prime Time Monday, his first show back from vacation, by addressing the role he played in his brother’s scandal. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to step down amid sexual harassment allegations.
“It was a unique situation being a brother to a politician in a scandal and being part of the media,” Cuomo said. “I tried to do the right thing, and I just want you all to know that. As I've said, we have rules here at CNN that prevent me from reporting on my brother. They remain in place and will continue to.”
Cuomo admitted in May to speaking with his brother’s aides and giving his brother advice, something that some saw as a conflict of interest, despite the fact that Cuomo said from the beginning that he would not report on the situation. On Monday, he revealed what advice he offered, and corroborated reports that he urged his brother to resign.
“My advice to my brother was simple and consistent,” Cuomo said. “Own what you did, tell people what you'll do to be better, be contrite and finally, accept that it doesn't matter what you intended. What matters is how your actions and words were perceived. And yes, while it was something I never imagined ever having to do, I did urge my brother to resign when the time came.”