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Chris Cuomo is bumped from Prime Time as CNN airs pre-recorded Jake Tapper coronavirus special


Chris Cuomo is bumped from Prime Time as CNN airs pre-recorded taping of Jake Tapper coronavirus special after the host said he ‘obviously’ couldn’t cover governor brother’s sexual harassment allegations

  • CNN announced Wednesday that they would be showing a pre taped coronavirus special with Jake Tapper
  • The special occured in place of Cuomo Prime Time
  • Earlier on Friday, Tapper also reported on Gov. Cuomo’s refusal to resign after 14 out of 19 of New York’s congressional Democrats called for his resignation 
  • Two weeks ago, Chris Cuomo said during an episode of Cuomo Prime Time that he was ‘obviously’ aware of the allegations against his brother
  • ‘And obviously I can not cover it because he is my brother,’ Cuomo added, asserting that CNN ‘has to cover it’

Chris Cuomo was notably absent from Friday’s CNN lineup as his brother refused to resign from his post as governor following the seventh woman to come forward with sexual harassment allegations against him. 

CNN announced Wednesday that they would be showing a pre taped coronavirus special with Jake Tapper called Back to School: Kids, COVID and the Fight to Reopen.

The special occured in place of Cuomo Prime Time.

CNN announced Wednesday that they would be showing a pre taped coronavirus special with Jake Tapper

Pressure is growing on Cuomo as a seventh woman alleged sexual harassment in a first-person essay published in New York magazine on Friday. Cuomo pictured with his blanket in Albany

Pressure is growing on Cuomo as a seventh woman alleged sexual harassment in a first-person essay published in New York magazine on Friday. Cuomo pictured with his blanket in Albany

Pressure is growing on Cuomo as a seventh woman alleged sexual harassment in a first-person essay published in New York magazine on Friday. 

Additionally, 30 women spoke to the same publication claiming they experienced bullying while working for the Governor. 

Earlier on Friday, Tapper also reported on Gov. Cuomo’s refusal to resign after 14 out of 19 of New York’s congressional Democrats called for his resignation.

CNN, along with several other networks, had been initially quiet when the first allegations about Cuomo came to light. 

Earlier on Friday, Tapper also reported on Gov. Cuomo's refusal to resign after 14 out of 19 of New York's congressional Democrats called for his resignation

Earlier on Friday, Tapper also reported on Gov. Cuomo’s refusal to resign after 14 out of 19 of New York’s congressional Democrats called for his resignation

Two weeks ago, Chris Cuomo said during an episode of Cuomo Prime Time that he was 'obviously' aware of the allegations against his brother. He also added that he 'obviously' couldn't cover the allegations

Two weeks ago, Chris Cuomo said during an episode of Cuomo Prime Time that he was ‘obviously’ aware of the allegations against his brother. He also added that he ‘obviously’ couldn’t cover the allegations

Two weeks ago, Chris Cuomo said during an episode of Cuomo Prime Time that he was ‘obviously’ aware of the allegations against his brother. 

‘And obviously I can not cover it because he is my brother,’ Cuomo added, asserting that CNN ‘has to cover it.’ 

He continued: ‘I have always cared very deeply about these issues and profoundly so.’ 

Many have called foul on the Cuomo’s however, noting how easy it was for the governor to be covered when it appeared he was doing a good job handling coronavirus. 

Last month, CNN reinstated a ban on host Chris Cuomo interviewing his brother, Andrew, despite allowing the New York governor to appear on his show more than ten times last year.

The network was questioned by the Washington Post on Tuesday after Chris, 50, failed to mention his 63-year-old brother while addressing the biggest stories related to COVID-19 on his show the previous night.

Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared on his young brother Chris' CNN show more than ten times last year despite the network's 2013 ban on his interviewing family members

Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared on his young brother Chris’ CNN show more than ten times last year despite the network’s 2013 ban on his interviewing family members

The Post had criticized CNN for allowing Chris to deliver ‘over-the-top praise when the governor is up; silence when he’s down’, after the host completely ignored the press conference, which had been among the main coronavirus stories of the day.  

CNN said in a statement to the publication that they had earlier allowed the host to break the rules on him interviewing family members as the first months of the pandemic crisis ‘were an extraordinary time’.

‘We felt that Chris speaking with his brother about the challenges of what millions of American families were struggling with was of significant human interest,’ it added.

‘As a result, we made an exception to a rule that we have had in place since 2013 which prevents Chris from interviewing and covering his brother, and that rule remains in place today.’

The network also argued that it has ‘covered the news surrounding Governor Cuomo extensively’.

What happens if Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns from office? 

If Cuomo resigns Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul (pictured) would take over

If Cuomo resigns Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul (pictured) would take over

As of Friday afternoon, 14 out of 19 of New York’s congressional Democrats have called for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s resignation.

They are joined by all Democrats in the NY State Senate and by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. 

Cuomo on Friday refused to accept that he should resign despite the mounting pressure.

If he resigns Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul would take over. 

She would finish Cuomo’s term until the next scheduled gubernatorial election in 2022. 

Hochul is a Democrat who has served since 2015 and was a NY representative for New York’s 26th congressional district from 2011 to 2013.

She backed an investigation into allegations against Cuomo last month. 

‘Everyone deserves to have their voice heard and to be taken seriously. I support an independent review,’ she said. 

The last time a governor resigned was in early 2008. 

Gov. Eliot Spitzer left office after he admitted to having extramarital affairs with sex workers. 

When Spitzer stepped down, Lieutenant Governor David Paterson took over until 2010. 

Cuomo, then Attorney General, won that election to take over from Paterson. 

To date, a lieutenant governor has stepped in to carry out a gubernatorial term in New York on eight occassions, the first one taking place in 1817. 

LG Hochul would also take over if Cuomo is impeached.  

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie authorized its Judiciary Committee to start an impeachment investigation into Cuomo Thursday. 

The last time a NY governor was impeached was in 1913. 

The process in New York is very similar to the impeachment procedure in Congress. 

A simple majority in the state Assembly is required to impeach a governor. 

It then goes to the state impeachment court. 

A two-thirds majority of the state Senate and the justices of the New York Court of Appeals would be required to convict Cuomo and remove him from office. 

The lieutenant governor takes over as acting governor while the trial plays out.

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