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It appears that “Fredo” Cuomo will not go gently into that good night.
The recently sacked primetime CNN activist said he plans to sue the network for monies due on the remainder of his contract in the amount of at least $18 million. The 51-year-old younger brother of disgraced ex-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo contends that CNN knew more about his nefarious deeds than they admit, and that means he needs to get paid.
The ill-famed network, which at one time reported the news, said they won’t honor Cuomo’s contract, and purportedly have “no intention of paying [Chris] Cuomo a penny,” according to a CNN insider.
“If he gets a settlement, there would be uproar,” the source added.
Another source said, “CNN has a standard morality clause in their contract that says if the employee does anything of disrepute, they can be immediately fired.”
Chris Cuomo lost his weeknight primetime slot on the network Saturday after a suspension lasting four days. Initially, the suspension was said to be the result of revelations concerning his peddling of influence in order to help his embattled older brother, but new allegations of his own sexual misconduct came to light, which prompted CNN to quickly move from suspension to termination for their most-watched hack.
Cuomo’s spokesman has insisted, “These apparently anonymous allegations are not true.”
On Sunday, a Cuomo spokesman told the Wall Street Journal that CNN President Jeff Zucker knew “about the details of Mr. Cuomo’s support for his brother,” adding, “There were no secrets about this, as other individuals besides Mr. Cuomo can attest.”
CNN responded, saying of the host, “He has made a number of accusations that are patently false.”
“This reinforces why he was terminated for violating our standards and practices, as well as his lack of candor,” the network added.
When asked about Cuomo’s assertion that CEO Jeff Zucker was well-aware of the host’s activities in trying to assist older brother and then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the network replied, “If Jeff had known all along, Chris would have been fired earlier, not suspended.”
“He lied to us,” the source added.
CNN’s Don Lemon, “Fredo’s” reliable sidekick, conspicuously made no mention of his former bestie during his two-hour slot on Monday. The two were famous for gushing over each other and bashing conservatives during their nightly hand-off from show to show.
In what was to be the last hand-off, Lemon and Cuomo reiterated their mutual love.
“I am grateful for your friendship and your love,” Lemon told Cuomo. “I think you are fantastic, one of the kindest people I know on this planet.”
“There you go. I meant every word,” Lemon added.
On Fox News’ “The Five” Monday, the panel discussed the smoldering dumpster fire at CNN, with co-host Dana Perino remarking that the saga is only beginning.
As reported by BPR, “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter is predictably lobbying to replace Cuomo and garner the $6M gig and all the infamy associated with it.
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