CNN President Jeff Zucker Says Chris Cuomo ‘Deserved Termination’ and Won’t be Paid Severance

CNN president Jeff Zucker said Chris Cuomo won’t be paid any severance, according to reports. / WireImage

CNN president Jeff Zucker told the network’s staffers on Tuesday morning that former host Chris Cuomo “deserved termination” and won’t be paid any severance, according to reports.

During a town hall-style meeting, Zucker also called Saturday’s firing of the “Cuomo Prime Time” star “a lesson we have all learned from,” the Wrap reported.

Zucker said Cuomo’s secret efforts to help his brother, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, battle sexual harassment allegations violated CNN’s standards and practices in a way that went “too far and deserved termination,” the website said.

Zucker also said Chris Cuomo won’t receive any money toward the remainder of his reported $6 million-a-year contract, the Wall Street Journal reported.

On Monday, sources told the New York Post that Chris Cuomo was preparing to sue CNN over the estimated $18 million to $20 million he’s yet to receive under terms of a four-year deal he signed last year.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Emily Smith and Bruce Golding