Chris Cuomo was photographed taking a break at a posh Palm Beach hotel after CNN agreed to pay him half of his $18 million contract after he was fired.
Cuomo, 51, and his wife Christina were photographed in summer clothes outside the hotel over the weekend. The unemployed 51-year-old Cuomo, obsessed with the gym, wore shorts and a black T-shirt that showed off his toned muscles.
He wore black shorts, black On sneakers, and a sweater tied around his waist. The bushy mustache he cut off in the Hamptons earlier this week has since been shaved off.
He was fired as a CNN anchor on Dec. 4 after helping his brother former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo amid sexual assault allegations against him.
After Cuomo was fired, he kept a low profile and moved from New York to the Hamptons with his wife Christina.
He has since asked for “Megyn Kelly’s money,” asking for $60 million in favor of the $18 million left on his contract, a source told Page Six.
AT&T, the parent company of CNN, is said to be in talks to strike a deal that would see the fired host receive half of the $18 million he fought for before Jeff Zucker’s unexpected resignation, the New York Post first reported.
Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was spotted Sunday afternoon at a luxury hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.
Cuomo was spotted waiting for a car to pick him up with his wife Cristina in tow.
Cuomo waiting for a phone call outside the hotel
Cuomo, 51, was seen driving his Ford truck in the Hamptons on Wednesday with a full mustache.
He was seen with a new mustache as well as new sunglasses and a gray cap.
Cuomo has kept a relatively low profile in the Hamptons with his wife Christina after he was fired from CNN in December for helping brother Andrew amid sexual assault allegations.
The former CNN anchor even hired a lawyer in December when he was fired following a network investigation.
He was also previously accused of sexual harassment in September 2021 by his former boss Shelly Ross.
Attorney Debra Katz said the allegation was a significant factor in Cuomo’s exclusion from the network.
CNN president Jeff Zucker previously said Cuomo would not receive a severance package, but WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar declined to discuss the matter during a virtual meeting with CNN anchors in New York on Monday.
“Chris insists he never did anything for his brother Andrew that Zucker didn’t know about. His supporters believe that Zucker was not fired for an inappropriate relationship with Allison Gollust. Everyone knew about it and nobody cared,” a source told Page Six.
“He believes what happened is that WarnerMedia found something in their investigation into Chris, possibly internal notes or documents that revealed more about Zucker’s involvement with Andrew Cuomo. Hollast was just a convenient excuse.
The source added: “Chris intends to fight for every dollar on his contract and loss of income for the 15 to 20 years remaining in his career if Zucker didn’t give him a ‘fuck.’ He could ask for up to $80 million, but CNN isn’t going to pay that. But there is an argument that he could ask for as much as $60 million.”
Another source told Page Six: “Chris tells people in the Hamptons that he was wrongly fired, humiliated, his career is ruined and he wants money from Megyn Kelly.”
Zucker himself resigned on February 2 after revealing his romantic relationship with chief executive Allison Gollust.
Cuomo could still turn down AT&T’s offer and potentially sue, a source told the New York Post. A spokesman for Cuomo’s lawyers declined to comment.
Allison Gollust, with whom CNN president Jeff Zucker was in a relationship, was seen arriving at her Manhattan apartment late Thursday night.
Jeff Zucker left the network due to a relationship with 49-year-old employee Allison Gollust.
Gollust acknowledged that the couple’s relationship “bloomed” during the pandemic. CNN insiders said it was an open secret for eight years.
Fired CNN anchor Chris Cuomo is due to receive a $9 million payout instead of the $18 million he was hoping for.
He was kicked out in December after helping his brother Andrew through a sex scandal without fully revealing the lengths he goes to to help him.
Chris was supposed to get paid for the rest of his contract, but Zucker stood his ground and refused, claiming he had brought the network into disrepute.
However, Zucker’s sudden departure after nine years as CNN’s leader means the goals have changed again.
Zucker said he was leaving for violating corporate policy by not disclosing the nature of his relationship with Gollust, but WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar reportedly left him no choice, who characterized the change as his decision at a meeting with CNN staff in Washington.
According to the New York Post, Zucker appears to have fallen to his sword in the hope that Cuomo’s possible trial would not be made public.
It has since been revealed that Cuomo was the one who reported this to management. Cuomo’s lawyers are said to have informed Kilar, who then informed AT&T boss John Stankey of the matter.
Zucker’s name is said to have been mentioned multiple times in a draft lawsuit that has yet to be filed.
CNN president Jeff Zucker abruptly resigned on Wednesday following the Chris Cuomo scandal that exposed his relationship with Gollust (pictured right in 2011), although CNN sources say it was considered an open secret.
Zucker and Gollust were seen in public at a Billy Joel concert at Madison Square Garden on November 5, 2021 with Don Lemon (right) and Farid Zakaria (lower left). Image courtesy of fee.org. Tupper claimed that the photograph forced Zucker to “come forward” and resign “against his will”.
Zucker resigned in agreement with AT&T CEO John Stankey.
That would mean Zucker would leave CNN without a fight, leaving Stankey to settle with Cuomo, sparing the news organization any potentially damaging and humiliating allegations.
As Zucker quickly moved away from the web and his powerful media executive role, he also tried to secure some semblance of privacy for himself.
Jeff made the deal by saying “I’m leaving and you [At&T] negotiate with Cuomo,” one source told The Post.
“He thought AT&T would fight the lawsuit and it would go public otherwise.”
If Cuomo had filed a lawsuit and AT&T decided to contest it, potentially damaging information about Zucker could have been released.
Both Gollust and Zucker (left) are said to have coached former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, 64, on how to conduct their daily Covid briefings during the pandemic. The couple is pictured here in 2008.
Zucker’s departure essentially nullifies any accusations Cuomo may have made or, as CNN prefers, kept from the public at all.
Zucker and Gollust are also said to have had an “ethically questionable” relationship with the former governor of New York.
The couple is said to have taught the 64-year-old governor how best to present their daily Covid briefings during the pandemic.
The duo are even said to have fed him the lines he used when responding to criticism of President Donald Trump in order to be convincing on TV.
Chris Cuomo refused to quietly leave CNN after he was fired for helping to crack down on sexual assault allegations against his brother, disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, pictured
CNN still needs to find a replacement for Chis Cuomo in its prime time slot and is currently offering a number of replacements.
Zucker recently approached Gail King with a job offer before she decided to re-sign with CBS News.
Over the past year, the channel’s audience has plummeted.
The news ratings have always been cyclical and the 2020 election drew a record number of people, but the question always remains when and if they will return.
CNN is also coming out of a controversial period when Trump frequently called the network “fake news.”
CNN’s on-air staff under Zucker, such as chief local correspondent and pundit Acosta, became much more opinionated, and this was not always popular.
“It’s interesting to see if that culture changes with new leadership,” said Howard University journalism professor Jennifer Thomas, who worked for CNN as a producer in the 2000s.
Some people, like Thomas, have called for a reboot. One of them is influential cable television executive John Malone, a major shareholder in Discovery, who told CNBC in November, “I would love to see CNN go back to the journalism it started with.”
Chris Cuomo has always maintained that a crushed Jeff Zucker knew how much he helped his brother when he was in office, and the network boss ignored calls to fire him for months.