Harper Collins Pulls Chris Cuomo’s Upcoming Book

From a New York Times story by Michael M. Grynbaum and John Koblin headlined “Publisher pulls Chris Cuomo’s upcoming book”:

Chris Cuomo has lost his spot on yet another major media platform.

HarperCollins said that it would no longer publish a planned book by Mr. Cuomo, who was fired by CNN over the weekend and on Monday said he would end his daily SiriusXM radio talk show.

The book, which had been scheduled to be released next year, was originally titled “Deep Denial.” It had been described by the publisher as “a provocative analysis of the harsh truths that the pandemic and Trump years have exposed about America — about our strength and our character — and a road map of the work needed to make our ideals match reality.”…

Mr. Cuomo was fired on Saturday by CNN amid an inquiry into his efforts to aid his brother, former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, during a sexual harassment scandal. CNN was also notified of an allegation of sexual misconduct against Chris Cuomo, brought by a former junior colleague at another network; he has denied the allegation.

In a virtual meeting with employees on Tuesday, CNN’s president, Jeff Zucker, said that he wished that Mr. Cuomo had taken a leave of absence after his interactions with the governor’s aides were first revealed this year. CNN offered Mr. Cuomo the option to take a leave at the time, but the anchor declined.

Mr. Zucker also said on Tuesday that CNN did not plan to pay severance to Mr. Cuomo or grant any other compensation remaining on his current contract….

The news outlet Puck reported on Monday evening that Mr. Cuomo had hired Bryan Freedman, a prominent Hollywood lawyer who represented Megyn Kelly when she extracted a roughly $30 million payout after she was fired by NBC News….

Michael M. Grynbaum is a media correspondent covering the intersection of business, culture and politics.

John Koblin covers the television industry. He reports on the companies and personalities behind the scripted TV boom, and the networks that broadcast the news. He previously covered fashion.

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