“Chris expected Don to defend him. To say something, to have his back, and yet Don has said nothing. While Don is worried that he will get dragged into Chris’ mess if the supportive texts and emails he sent Chris before he was fired are exposed. Both are angry with each other.”
Lemon’s boss CNN president Jeff Zucker has made it clear to Don and the network’s staffers that Cuomo will not be paid any severance. Implying that everyone will need to take a side, Team Chris or Team Jeff.
“Don is clearly Team Jeff all the way. Jeff has changed Don’s life. Not only making him into a star but also making him very rich. Don has ambitions of having his own talk-show on CNN and isn’t about to burn that dream because of Chris Cuomo,” adds a pal.
“Things are going to get really nasty between Jeff and Chris. Each knows the other’s secrets. Don is just hoping that he doesn’t get caught in the cross-fire, especially after sensitive texts he sent to Jussie Smollett were exposed. Can you imagine the texts Chris has on his phone from Don? No wonder they are not talking anymore.”
The two not talking is interesting given Don fell to his knees and was "inconsolable" when he was notified of Chris first being suspended. "Don literally fell to his knees. He idolizes Chris. Chris is the cool guy on the CNN campus. The hot straight guy that all the girls and gay boys adored and all the straight boys wanted to be. Don was his shadow in the hallways at CNN," sources revealed.
As Radar previously reported, Chris' family is also no longer talking to his brother Andrew. We're told they blame the disgraced politician for not protecting Chris enough from the scandal. Sources told us "What is going on is literally ripping the family apart."