Andrew Cuomo appeared to have a very low key celebration for his 64th birthday in an Instagram picture posted Tuesday.
Cuomo, who resigned as governor in September after a sexual harassment investigation, posted a photo of him blowing out the candles with daughter Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo at his side.
Absent from the picture were Cuomo’s two other daughters, as well as his recently disgraced brother Chris, who has been fired from his $6 million-a-year CNN job months after Andrew was ousted from his role over groping claims. However, at least two people appear to be attending the ceremony via FaceTime.
‘Thank you for all the birthday wishes!,’ the newly-mustachioed Cuomo wrote in an Instagram caption on the photo.
Many commenters expressed well wishes for the deposed governor, who was replaced by former Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul in September.
Where’s Chris? Former Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo celebrates his 64th birthday in an Instagram post with only daughter Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo at his side, though other family members appear to be there via FaceTime
The governor’s brother, for CNN primetime host Chris, has been terminated from the network after being suspended a week ago
The Cuomo brothers appeared together on CNN often during the pandemic. An investigation revealed that Chris was helping Andrew fight off sexual misconduct allegations
‘Happy Birthday to a terrific and fine gentleman Andrew Cuomo to me you will ALWAYS shine and sparkle! Love and miss you soooo intensely!,’ wrote one.
‘Happy birthday to you…❤️ you are still loved by many,’ wrote another.
CNN fires Chris Cuomo after AG’s documents revealed he wrote brother Andrew’s sex pest rebuttals
Embattled anchor Chris Cuomo has been ‘terminated’ by CNN ‘effective immediately,’ the network announced in a statement Saturday.
Though it was not referenced in CNN’s statement, an attorney told the New York Times that she had informed the network on Wednesday of her client’s allegation of prior sexual misconduct against Chris Cuomo.
Debra S. Katz, a prominent employment lawyer who also represents one of Andrew Cuomo’s accusers, said that the allegation against Chris Cuomo was made by a former junior colleague at another network, and was unrelated to the Gov. Andrew Cuomo matter.’
Further details about the allegation are unclear, including which network Chris Cuomo was working at at the time of the alleged misconduct. Cuomo’s spokesman denied the claim, saying: ‘These apparently anonymous allegations are not true.’
CNN’s statement cited only Cuomo’s ‘conduct with his brother’s defense’ in its decision to terminate the anchor.
‘Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother’s defense,’ the network said in the statement.
The announcement further revealed that an outside law firm was enlisted by the network to aid in their investigation into how exactly their star anchor aided his brother, Andrew Cuomo, then the governor of New York, try to fight off a sexual harassment scandal this year.
‘We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately. While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.’
After amassing a trove of texts and documents pointing to a serious breach of network standards by the journalist, CNN notified Cuomo of his termination Saturday, the network’s statement revealed.
Some negative commenters did emerge, with one ribbing: ‘Your mother must be so proud of you and Chris!’
CNN announced Saturday that the ex-governor’s brother and Cuomo PrimeTime host was ‘terminated’ after suspending him last Tuesday.
‘Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother’s defense,’ the network’s statement began.
The announcement went on to reveal that CNN had enlisted an outside law firm to look into how exactly Cuomo aided his brother, then the governor of New York, before sexual assault allegations from 12 women spurred the politician to resign in August to avoid a likely impeachment trial.
Chris was initially accused of meddling in his brother’s attempted defense, despite previously denying he’d been heavily involved in trying to defend his sibling.
According to the network, the firm found ‘additional information’ through their investigation that incriminated the newscaster, 51, spurring execs to ‘terminate him, effective immediately.
Cuomo joined CNN as a field anchor in February 2013 following stints at ABC and Fox News. After rising through the ranks, he was tapped in March 2018 to host Cuomo Prime Time.
According to some estimates, Cuomo had an annual salary of $6million.
His 9pm show was CNN’s highest rated broadcast. It drew an average of 774,000 viewers during November, when it ranked No. 25 among all cable TV news programs – right behind Anderson Cooper’s show.
However, the network saw a 19 percent bump after Cuomo was suspended last Tuesday and Cooper filled in. The network has not indicated who will be his permanent replacement, though rumors Jake Tapper would fill the slot emerged Tuesday.
According to the network, the New York Attorney General’s office’s investigation into the extent of Cuomo’s role his brother’s sordid sex scandal is still ongoing.
After CNN’s announcement, the veteran TV journalist also took to social media to say his piece regarding his public axing.
‘This is not how I want my time at CNN to end,’ Cuomo wrote.
He then asserted: ‘But I have already told you why and how I helped my brother.’
Cuomo is preparing to sue his former employer for $18 million left on his contract, claiming that CNN President Jeff Zucker knew about his involvement in his brother’s sex pest probe.
Cuomo says CNN President Jeff Zucker knew about the cooperation, which the network called ‘patently false.’
He has now hired lawyers and is preparing to file a suit against CNN if it does not honor the remainder of the four year contract he signed last year, under which he receives $6 million a year, according to the New York Post.
Lawyers from the firm Cravath, Swaine and Moore reportedly told CNN officials that the documents gave the network legal grounds to fire the Cuomo Prime Time Star.
But it appears likely that accusations that he sexually harassed a former co-worker at ABC was the final straw that led to his firing – a move which would appear to slightly ease the pressure on Zucker.
The network was set to investigate an unspecified allegation dating back to Cuomo’s time at ABC before he was fired, the Post report.
His firing came just days after prominent attorney Debra S. Katz, a prominent attorney who also represents one of Andrew Cuomo’s accusers, Charlotte Bennet, told CNN about a client with an allegation of sexual harassment against the younger Cuomo, according to the New York Times.
The allegation is ‘unrelated to the Gov. Andrew Cuomo matter,’ Katz said in a statement.
Chris Cuomo’s spokesman has insisted: ‘These apparently anonymous allegations are not true.’
But the former CNN star had also previously been accused of sexually harassing his female superior at ABC back in 2005.
Cuomo lost his show last week as a result of his intense involvement in his brother’s sex past scandal strategy
Cuomo, 51, issued acknowledging his axing Saturday in a public statement expressing regret in his part of the scandal – but asserted that he was only helping his brother, who was forced to resign in August due to the allegations