CNN’s president told staffers Chris Cuomo ‘made a mistake’ but ‘is human’ for coaching brother Gov. Andrew Cuomo through sexual-harassment allegations, reports say

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  • CNN host Chris Cuomo advised Gov. Andrew Cuomo on how to respond to sexual-harassment allegations.
  • CNN head Jeff Zucker told staff on Tuesday Chris Cuomo “made a mistake,” per Mediaite and WSJ.
  • But Zucker also said Cuomo would not be taken off air and “is human.”
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CNN chief Jeff Zucker told staffers that host Chris Cuomo “made a mistake” in coaching his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, through allegations of sexual harassment, multiple reports said.

Zucker told a town hall on Tuesday: “Let me say up front, Chris made a mistake,” according to Mediaite and The Wall Street Journal.

Zucker said, however, that Cuomo “is human and these are very unique circumstances,” The Journal reported.

Zucker said he didn’t see a reason to take Cuomo off the air, but that CNN heads had told Cuomo that he had crossed a line by advising his brother while his brother’s aides were there.

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CNN said last week that it was “inappropriate” for Cuomo to “engage in conversations that included members of the Governor’s staff, which Chris acknowledges.”

Cuomo apologized on air to his colleagues last week.

Earlier this year several women accused Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment. He has rejected the claims, which the New York attorney general’s office and state assembly are investigating.