Fired CNN host Chris Cuomo announced Monday that he quit his SiriusXM radio show — with a source saying he was forced out of the side gig after a former female colleague at ABC News accused him of sexual misconduct.
Cuomo “really wanted” to stay on Sirius but was told he needed to leave, sources said.
In a tweet posted after scandal-scarred ex-ABC journalist Brian Ross filled in for him on Sirius earlier in the day, Cuomo made no reference to the anonymous accusation that CNN received last week but wrote, “The way my time ended at CNN was hard.
“While I have a thick skin, I also have a family, for whom the past week has been extraordinarily difficult,” Cuomo said.
“So, right now, I have to take a step back and focus on what comes next. That means I will no longer be doing my SiriusXM radio show.”
A source familiar with the matter said of Cuomo, “He was asked to resign, which he did.”
Another source said Cuomo — who continued hosting his “Let’s Get After It” radio program after CNN fired him on Tuesday — “really wanted to keep his SiriusXM show.
“He thought he would be able to keep it,” the source added.
In a prepared response, the radio network said, “Following Chris Cuomo’s statement that he is leaving his SiriusXM show, ‘Let’s Get After It’ will no longer air. We thank Chris for his work at SiriusXM.”
In his tweet, Cuomo added a cryptic message to his “loyal listeners” that said, “I will miss our conversations a great deal — but I look forward to being back in touch with you all in the future.
“The former “Cuomo Prime Time” star was fired by CNN on Saturday, four days after being suspended over revelations that he secretly tried to help his older brother, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, fight the sexual harassment allegations that forced him from office in August.
Documents released by state Attorney General Letitia James, who commissioned an outside probe of the claims, showed that Chris Cuomo contacted news industry “sources” about planned reports amid the spiraling scandal and also tried to dig up dirt on at least one accuser.
In announcing his firing, CNN said, “Additional information has come to light” — which was later revealed to be an unspecified allegation of sexual misconduct dating to Chris Cuomo’s time at ABC.
Chris Cuomo’s spokesman has insisted, “These apparently anonymous allegations are not true.”