Chris Cuomo’s bromance with Don Lemon seems to be fully over, taking an particularly ugly flip when the disgraced anchor threw his former CNN “brother” below the bus in an effort to demand $125 million from the community.
Cuomo on Wednesday demanded the nine-figure sum from CNN in an arbitration submitting, claiming damages for breach of contract, misplaced wages, and what he alleged was an assassination of his character following an unceremonious December firing.
Within the scorched-earth submitting, first reported by Deadline, Cuomo and his legal professionals devoted a whole part to lashing out at a few of his former CNN colleagues. Below the headline “CNN’s Failure to Implement Coverage In opposition to Different Workers,” Cuomo alleged that the community, below the management of ousted lovers Jeff Zucker and Allison Gollust, spared sure expertise for moral violations whereas firing a bazooka at Cuomo’s profession for having helped dig up filth on the ladies who accused his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of sexual misconduct.
Among the many expertise Cuomo took goal at was Lemon, with whom he’d famously shared an in depth relationship—together with Hamptons hangouts, Instagram selfies, a joint podcast, and a near-nightly change of “I really like yous” throughout their on-air primetime handoffs.
“I really like you, brother,” Lemon advised Cuomo in August shortly earlier than launching right into a phase on the sexual-harassment allegations in opposition to Chris’ older brother. “I really like you, D. Lemon,” Cuomo replied with a smile.
However Wednesday’s submitting was nowhere close to as heat. “So long as CNN’s rankings wouldn’t be damage, Zucker and Gollust have been greater than prepared to miss main transgressions by CNN personalities resembling Don Lemon and Jake Tapper, and even to have interaction in blatant misconduct themselves,” it alleged.
Cuomo particularly cited how, in November 2021, Empire actor Jussie Smollett testified that Lemon personally warned him that Chicago police didn’t imagine his false accusations of a hate crime. Lemon’s consulting with the embattled actor constituted a “flagrant breach of journalistic ethics,” Cuomo’s group wrote.
“Intervening within the ongoing investigation by texting Smollett was an inexcusable breach of ethics,” the submitting argued. “But CNN did nothing; Lemon was not disciplined in any manner.”
Cuomo’s blatant assault on his one-time pal in an effort to extract a hefty payout from CNN is maybe the ultimate blow to a really public, affection-laden friendship. The pair’s nightly on-air “handoff” usually generated social media chatter because the pair professed their love for one another and shared anecdotes about their holidays—finally resulting in a 23-episode CNN podcast actually titled The Handoff and hosted by the 2 self-described “brothers.”
Whereas Lemon has but to publicly touch upon his good friend’s firing, he notably struck the primary blow final month when he argued in a workers assembly after Zucker’s firing that Cuomo shouldn’t be paid any severance.
“Did you concentrate on what message it sends to the journalists on this firm and to the bigger public, that somebody might be discovered to interrupt with these journalistic requirements after which receives a commission handsomely for it?” Lemon grilled WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar throughout the New York chat, Insider reported. “And what’s to cease the subsequent individual from probably getting compensated for it, to unfold rumors, or what have you ever to the press?”
Cuomo additionally took goal at a number of different former CNN colleagues allegedly breaching firm ethics with out punishment. His submitting cited how The Lead host Jake Tapper privately instructed Republican congressional candidate Sean Parnell run in a “safer” district as an alternative of in opposition to incumbent Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA). Tapper confronted no inside inquiry and confronted no repercussions for the motion, Cuomo lamented of his former workmate.
Tapper, too, had taken a swipe at Cuomo, fretting in personal that the previous anchor successfully destroyed Zucker’s profession by threatening the community following his personal ouster. “An outdoor observer may say, ‘Properly, it seems to be like Chris Cuomo succeeded,’” Tapper mentioned in a D.C. workers assembly with Kilar. “He threatened Jeff. Jeff mentioned we don’t negotiate with terrorists. And Chris blew the place up. How will we get previous that notion that that is the unhealthy man successful?”
CNN, Lemon, and Tapper didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Within the submitting, Cuomo moreover referenced CNN chief authorized analyst Jeffrey Toobin’s scandal the place he was caught masturbating throughout a Zoom assembly with New Yorker colleagues—an act Cuomo described as “a sordid act of sexual harassment” and one for which Toobin was by no means pressured to situation a public apology. When reached by The Each day Beast on Wednesday, Toobin declined to remark.
“CNN allowed workers to retain their jobs for offenses rather more egregious than something CNN alleges Cuomo ever did,” Cuomo whined in his submitting. “However as a result of Cuomo was so strongly linked to Gov. Cuomo, whose political standing and corresponding worth to CNN had turned dramatically, CNN falsely claimed that Cuomo violated its insurance policies and practices as an excuse to terminate his contract. That is the epitome of hypocrisy, as there was no legitimate foundation for terminating his contract.”